Le­high Val­ley truck tips over on Route 50

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

KENT IS­LAND — An trac­tor­trailer truck tipped over and pinned the driver at 12:45 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 31; the crash caused traf­fic back­ups through­out the af­ter­noon as far as the U.S. Route 50 and U.S. Route 301 split, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land State Po­lice.

Wil­liam Lawrence of Haver­town, Pa., was west­bound in 2016 In­ter­na­tional truck trac­tor when, for un­known rea­sons, the truck crossed all three lanes and over­turned in the cen­ter me­dian by the Kent Is­land Shop­ping Cen­ter.

The cab of the Le­high Val­ley milk truck sus­tained dam­ages that left Lawrence trapped for about 90 min­utes be­fore be­ing ex­tracted and flown by he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Baltimore to re­ceive treat­ment, po­lice said. He was dis­charged on Thurs­day, Sept. 1, ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal records.

Kent Is­land and Gra­sonville vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments, emer­gency ser­vice units and two Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copters aided in the re­moval of the driver.

The Shock Trauma GO TEAM, made up of a physi­cian, anes­the­si­ol­o­gist, sur­geon or crit­i­cal care medicine spe­cial­ist and a cer­ti­fied nurse anes­thetist, was called to the scene but was not used, Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Chief Ja­son An­thony said.

The team as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion be­cause, right off the bat, An­thony said, there was un­cer­tainty of how the driver was ac­tu­ally trapped be­cause crews could not see his en­tire body.

“We like to be proac­tive, not re­ac­tive,” An­thony said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the crash is on­go­ing, po­lice said.

An­thony said at cer­tain points of the af­ter­noon U.S. Route 50 was com­pletely blocked off, such as when the he­li­copter landed and when the truck was fi­nally brought up right.

Due to the pre­dicted time of the road clo­sure, the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion, as­sisted by the Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, set up a de­tour to keep traf­fic mov­ing. Even with the de­tour, back­ups lasted into the evening.

“I’ve been do­ing this for 17 years, and it was prob­a­bly one of the most time con­sum­ing and just te­dious ex­trac­tions I’ve ever seen and been on just be­cause of the po­si­tion and how the pa­tient was trapped,” An­thony said.

Be­fore the ve­hi­cle could be righted, the Le­high Val­ley prod­ucts were re­moved by hand. Once the ve­hi­cle was on its wheels, the Mary­land State Po­lice Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment Divi­sion in­spected the trailer’s equip­ment, po­lice said.

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice posted on its Face­book page that due to the traf­fic back­ups bus trans­porta­tion from schools on Kent Is­land would be de­layed. Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity can­celed two-way traf­fic on the Wil­liam Pre­ston Jr. Me­mo­rial Bridge that af­ter­noon.

PHOTO BY LES­LIE WALKER

A Le­high Val­ley trac­tor-trailer truck tipped over into the cen­ter me­dian on U.S. Route 50 on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 31, trap­ping the driver for about 90 min­utes, Mary­land State Po­lice said.

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