GRANTSVILLE, Md. - Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was struck by a police cruiser on Interstate-68 Eastbound and it shut down the roadway for nearly seven hours.
WHAG's Kirstin Garriss was on the scene Wednesday.
The accident happened along the right shoulder of the highway just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators say Lamont Scaife of
"The trailer was not illuminated to the rear nor did he have triangles or flares established to let other people know that he was broken down on the shoulder," said Sgt. Joshua Barnes, Maryland State Police - McHenry Barrack.
According to a passenger in the trailer, Scaife chased a piece of paper that blew out of his truck into the roadway and that's when Trooper First Class Scott Bell struck Scaife with his police cruiser.
Scaife was taken to
Troopers say both the cruiser and tractor trailer are being investigated.
"Our crash team is involved, they've download data from the cruiser and our commerical vehicle enforcement division is involved as well to investigate the role of the tractor trailer," said Sgt. Barnes.
Troopers also advise drivers to use rear illumination -- especially late at night.
"So it's important to keep your flashers on until you can establish and identify yourself as a broken down motorists, either with flares, triangles or some sort of illumination possibly red safety lights," said Sgt. Barnes.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and troopers say this is an ongoing investigation that could take several days, even weeks