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Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Police Cruiser on Interstate

Authorities say the investigation could take weeks.
GRANTSVILLE, MARYLAND – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal accident where a semi truck driver was struck and killed by a police cruiser on I-68 Tuesday night.

According to our news partner WHAG, the eastbound lanes of I-68 were closed for seven hours while Maryland State Police investigated.

Authorities say Lamont Scaife of Orlando, Florida was trying to unhook the trailer from his disabled semi parked on the right shoulder when the accident happened.

“The trailer was not illuminated to the rear nor did he have triangles or flares established to let other people know that he was broken down on the shoulder,” said Sgt. Joshua Barnes with Maryland State Police.

A passenger in the semi told authorities Scaife chased a piece of paper that blew out of his truck into the roadway. It was then Trooper First Class Scott Bell struck Scaife with his police cruiser.

Scaife was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where he later died. Troopers say both the cruiser and semi trailer are being investigated.

“Our crash team is involved,” said Sgt. Barnes. “They’ve downloaded data from the cruiser and our commercial vehicle enforcement division is involved as well to investigate the role of the tractor trailer.”

Troopers also advise drivers to use rear illumination, especially late at night.

“It’s important to keep your flashers on until you can establish and identify yourself as a broken down motorist,” said Sgt. Barnes, “either with flares, triangles or some sort of illumination, possibly red safety lights.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Troopers say the investigation could take several days or even weeks.
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