Cumberland Times-News

January 17, 2013

Overturned rig shuts down I-68 in Finzel

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— FINZEL — A driver escaped injuries Thursday when he lost control of his rig that overturned on eastbound Interstate 68 adjacent to the Finzel scale house, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver, identified as James W. Blumer 40, of St. Louis, Mo., reportedly was outside of the wrecked rig when troopers arrived in response to the accident that occurred just before 6 a.m. He apparently did not seek medical treatment.

The rig’s cargo of packaged goods remained confined to the overturned trailer. However, the Allegany County Hazardous Incident Response Team was notified to respond as a precaution, according to state police at McHenry.

The roadway remained closed as of 10:30 a.m. Eastbound traffic was being detoured through the scale house entrance and exit ramps to bypass the accident, police said.

The incident remains under investigation by Cpl. Barry Miller with the assistance of the state police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

No information was available concerning the cause and any factors that may have contributed to the accident.

Eastern Garrett, Shaft, and Frostburg volunteer fire departments responded to the scene and cleared shortly after 8 a.m. Frostburg Area Ambulance Service and LaVale Rescue Squad also responded upon alert by the Allegany County 911 center.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.