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November 13, 2013

Trucker in highway dies after being struck by trooper

GRANTSVILLE — Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was struck in the roadway late Tuesday by a trooper traveling on Interstate 68 in Garrett County.

Lamont Scaife, 39, of West Church Street in Orlando, Fla., was pronounced deceased at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. 

Tfc. Scott Bell, of the McHenry barrack, who is a 3½-year veteran of Maryland State Police, was uninjured in the crash.

Scaife was attempting to unhook a trailer from his disabled tractor-trailer on eastbound I-68 while it was parked at the crest of a hill at the Chestnut Ridge Road overpass on the shoulder in a dimly lit stretch of highway where the posted speed limit is 65 mph, police said.

His passenger, who witnessed the incident, told police that when Scaife walked back to the truck and opened the driver’s side door a piece of paper blew out on to the highway. He ran onto the highway to retrieve the paper through the merge lane, into the next lane and consequently into the path of the oncoming patrol car. 

Bell was traveling eastbound when he swerved to avoid what he recalled as a flash in front of his patrol car shortly after 11 p.m.

Immediately following the crash, Bell called for help and began CPR on Scaife until emergency service providers arrived.

Due to the snowy weather, Scaife was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he later was pronounced dead. 

The MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, State Highway Administration and troopers from the McHenry barrack responded to assist at the scene.

The Maryland State Police CRASH team is conducting a complete reconstruction of the incident as the investigation continues.

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