5:38 PM EST, January 31, 2012
A fatal wreck involving three vehicles and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Washington County that tied up traffic for hours Monday has been turned over to the Maryland State Police Crash Team for investigation, state police said Tuesday.
Leroy Corbin, 42, of Huntingdon, Pa., was killed on impact when the tractor-trailer being driven by Benson Lewis, 62, of Dallas, Texas, crossed from the southbound lanes just north of the Marshall Street and Maugansville Road interchange and struck Corbin’s 2005 Toyota Avalon in the northbound lanes, according to a news release.
Corbin’s car ended up over an embankment. The tractor-trailer came to rest straddling a guardrail, hanging partially over the embankment.
The tractor-trailer also struck a Ford F-150 pickup and a 2008 Saturn Vue in the northbound lanes.
The driver of the pickup truck, Mark Siegrist of Fayetteville, Pa., refused treatment, and the driver of the Saturn Vue, driven by Shelly Jason of Hagerstown, was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.
Lewis’ wife, Tammye, was also in the tractor-trailer. She was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.
State police have said it is unclear what caused Lewis’ truck to swerve into the northbound lanes.
Both northbound lanes of I-81 were closed after the 3:07 p.m. wreck. Traffic in and around Hagerstown was snarled into the night as northbound traffic was routed off the interstate at the Salem Avenue exit, Cain said.
It was until shortly after midnight that traffic on northbound I-81 was flowing smoothly, police said.
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