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I-70 Tractor-Trailer Accident Leaves One Man Dead

By Alpert Schreyer on October 4, 2016

CautionHeavy rains in the latter half of last week resulted in numerous accidents and stalled traffic in Maryland and Washington, DC., including two in the early hours of Friday, September 30th.

Just before 2:30am, a driver from Ontario, California lost control of a 2016 Freightliner and the truck jackknifed, covering the width of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Hancock, MD.  The truck driver was 45-year old Demetrio
Catapang and in just a brief time afterward, his Freightliner was hit by a 2008 Chevrolet HHR.  The driver of the Chevrolet was 60-year-old Allen K. Kifer of Barton, MD.

Authorities reported that Kifer got out of his vehicle and was then struck by a second tractor-trailer, also a 2016 Freightliner, driven by Timothy C. Beckering of Scranton, PA.  Kifer was pronounced dead on the scene.

With traffic backed up for about a mile, another crash occurred when a 2007 Freightliner was rear-ended by a 2009 Freightliner at about 2:50 a.m.  Maryland State Troopers said the collision caused the striking tractor-trailer to catch fire, and further stated that heavy rain had reduced visibility at the time of the accidents, closing I-70 eastbound from Hancock to Fulton County, PA.  The highway reopened at 11:30am and both crashes are under investigation.

Heavy rains and otherwise inclement weather can seriously affect driving and the time you have react to other drivers.  Accidents can happen and they usually do.  Some can be prevented and some cannot.  If you are injured in an accident and you believe the accident is the result of the negligence of another person or could have otherwise been prevented, make sure you have gotten proper medical treatment first.  Then it is time to find an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to represent you in your case.  Call or contact us.  The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will listen to you, review the facts and fight to get you the best possible compensation you rightfully deserve.  Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC.  We’re on your side.

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