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August 13, 2012

Westernport woman dies in Route 36 accident

Pickup truck strikes tractor-trailer

VALE SUMMIT — An 80-year-old Westernport woman was killed Monday when the pickup she was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on state Route 36 at Vale Summit Road, according to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.

Lois MacDonald was reportedly ejected from the 1997 Ford Ranger and pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:37 p.m. accident, Deputy Bryan Carlson said.

MacDonald’s husband, Ramsey, 87, was operating the pickup on Vale Summit Road and failed to yield the right of way to the truck that was traveling south on Route 36, Carlson reported.

The 2003 Peterbilt truck and trailer was driven by Richard Haggerty, 57, of Keyser, W.Va. Upon impact, the truck left the roadway and struck several trees, trapping Haggerty in the cab.

Ramsey MacDonald was transported by Frostburg Area Ambulance Service to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Haggerty was flown to the Cumberland hospital by Maryland State Police Trooper 5 helicopter. Their conditions were not available late Monday.

Route 36 was closed for 3 1/2 hours during the investigation.

First-responders included Clarysville, Frostburg, Shaft and Midland firefighters, Frostburg Area Ambulance Service, State Highway Ad-ministration, the Allegany County HazMat unit and the Allegany County Fire Police.

Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is assisting with the investigation. The accident is being reconstructed by the sheriff's office.

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