Rigs collide on Interstate 68

GRANTSVILLE - Two tractor-trailer drivers refused medical treatment after their rigs collided on Interstate 68 at Lower New Germany Road, resulting in heavy damage to one of the vehicles.

The 4:44 a.m. incident at the 24-mile marker of eastbound I-68 caused minor injuries to Gary Murray, 57, of Hyndman, Pa., and Carl Neal, 64, of Brightwood, Va., Maryland State Police said.

The mishap occurred when a 2000 Volvo tractor operated by Murray struck the trailer being pulled by a 2000 Peterbilt tractor operated by Neal.

The Volvo tractor was towed from the scene where the eastbound slow lane was closed for three hours as a result of the accident.

Murray was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Northern Garrett Rescue Squad and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Company also responded to the scene.

Downed lines cause fire

ELLERSLIE - A truck hitting power lines resulted in a small brush fire reported at 1:31 p.m. Tuesday on Nuthatch Drive and DeVore Street, according to the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services and Communications.

The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but Allegheny Power was still on the scene as of 7 p.m. putting the wires back up.

Gas spilled on U.S. Route 220

NEW CREEK, W.Va. - New Creek and Keyser volunteer fire departments and the Fountain Hazmat Team responded to a report of a gasoline spill near Bayberry Apartments along U.S. Route 220 south of Keyser, according to the Mineral County Office of Emergency Services.

The Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the incident reported at 5:44 p.m.

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