- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

SAVAGE, Md. (AP) — A truck driver who swerved to avoid a woman who stepped onto Interstate 95 south of Baltimore after she was involved in another accident yesterday plunged 70 feet into an icy creek, Maryland State Police said.

The truck driver — Dorek C. Miles, 26, of Bowie — was trapped inside the cab of his box-type vehicle for more than 30 minutes. Rescue workers pulled him free and used a basket to haul him up to the road.

Mr. Miles suffered a broken leg and was in serious condition, police said. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Police issued a ticket to Nada Rakovich, 50, of Dunedin, Fla., the driver of a tractor-trailer involved in the earlier accident, for walking on a controlled-access highway. The penalty is a $55 fine.

The tractor-trailer and another vehicle collided yesterday morning in a minor accident in the northbound lanes on the approach to a bridge over the Middle Patuxent River in Savage, which is in Howard County about 15 miles south of Baltimore.

Both vehicles had pulled over to the right shoulder, but Miss Rakovich stepped into the travel lanes at about 9 a.m., police said.

When Mr. Miles swerved to avoid striking her, he was hit by a BFI Waste Services trash truck. Mr. Miles’ truck veered to the right, struck the overpass and crashed downhill.

The box portion of the truck, owned by Recall Document Management of Lanham, landed in the water at the bottom of the ravine, while the cab landed on one bank.

Meanwhile, the trash truck hit a car, which struck another car.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed about 90 minutes before two lanes reopened. A third lane was opened at about noon, while one lane remained closed yesterday afternoon.

A crane was brought to scene to pull the truck out of the ravine.

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