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December 3, 2012

No injuries in wrong-way bridge crash

CUMBERLAND — A car traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 68 collided with a tractor-trailer on the Crosstown Bridge near the Maryland Avenue exit at 9:45 a.m. Monday. A third vehicle was also involved but no one was injured, according to the Cumberland Police Department.

The Allegany County 911 center had just broadcast an alert that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on the interstate near the 46-mile marker.

Cumberland Police said 77-year-old Wilbert Williams of Frostburg was driving a 1996 Chevrolet  westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-68 just prior to the Maryland Avenue exit when he struck head-on a 2012 Ford being driven by Brooke Larkin, 22, of LaVale. Upon impact, the Larkin vehicle veered right and struck a tractor-trailer being driven by Nicholas Datri, 22, of Cresaptown.

Cumberland Fire Department ambulance personnel checked all three drivers and none required medical treatment at the scene.

Williams’ and Larkin’s vehicles were disabled and towed from the scene.

Police said Williams was found to be at fault for the crash but no citations were issued. Maryland State Police blocked traffic on eastbound I-68 at LaVale just after the crash occurred.

The crash closed the eastbound lanes in the city for about a half-hour.

About 15 minutes later, a roll-over accident was reported at the entrance to Cumberland Country Club. No injuries were reported in the incident, according to the 911 center.

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