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December 4, 2012

Interstate 68 crashes injure three in city

Pennsylvania driver charged with DUI

CUMBERLAND — Three people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after a pickup truck traveled out of control and overturned at the downtown exit ramp of westbound Intertate 68 late Tuesday morning.

Cumberland Fire Department ambulances took the injured to the hospital following alert at 11:15 a.m.

Cumberland Police said Elmer Donahoe, 71, of Clearville, Pa., was traveling westbound and merging onto the exit ramp when he was cut off by a vehicle, causing his 1995 Ford pickup truck to strike the median wall and roll onto its side against the wall.

A second crash occurred when a 2012 Subaru being driven by Winifred Redick, 71, of Frostburg, slowed and was struck from behind by a 2009 Nissan being driven by Teffeny Bridges, 29, of Cumberland. Bridges told police she was going to take the exit, saw the truck on its side and swerved back onto the interstate, where she struck the rear of the Redick vehicle.

Donahoe, Bridges and an unnamed adult passenger in the Bridges vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries that were reportedly not of a life-threatening nature.

Police said Donahoe was cited for negligent driving and driving while intoxicated.

All three vehicles were towed from the scene.

The Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Fire Police provided assistance.

Cresaptown ambulance stood by at the city’s central fire station during the incident that closed westbound I-68 for a short time.

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