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Man killed in tractor-trailer crash

Matt Zapotosky

An Edgewater man was killed Wednesday when he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer that had pulled to the shoulder of Route 50 near Route 704, authorities said.

The driver of the car, Kenneth Charles Jones, 32, was traveling east on Route 50 when he began to swerve. His car traveled from the left shoulder of the road to the right shoulder, where it struck a tractor-trailer that had pulled over because its driver heard a buzzer indicating a problem with the truck. Jones was killed in the crash. No one else was hurt.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which occurred just before 4 p.m. They said a preliminary examination of Jones’s body by the medical examiner revealed that he might have had a medical emergency that contributed to the crash.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 2:59 PM ET
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If you go to wusa 9 and look at the picture of the accident the truck was not stopped in a merge lane, but far out of the roadway on the shoulder. And the car was obviously traveling at a high rate of speed around a blind corner on the shoulder. The truck driver was exiting the truck, he was probably getting ready to set up his orange trangles. I don't think it is fair at all to point any blame at the truck driver.

Posted by: Amcjeepyjv8 | May 27, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

There are "No Parking" signs all along that stretch of road near 704. Maybe in this instance the truck driver was responding to an alarm that there was a problem with his truck. But there are almost always trucks parked on the shoulder there. I have come through there at 1 or 2 AM and the trucks are lined up - despite the signs - and no police.

Posted by: driver2 | May 27, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

the man who was killed was my cousin. I can not speak for the whole family, but I can say that I dont blame the driver..if he pulled over for a ligitimate reason. I dont blame Chuckie either. there must have been something very wrong with him or his car for him to feel the need to pull over the way he did. to me.. it seems like a series of events that put together caused a terrible accident. RIP Chuckie. love you always.

Posted by: agoldenmom | May 28, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

To Amcjeepy.... If you actually read the WHOLE article you would have seen that they think that he had a MEDICAL EMERGENCY!! He went from the FAR left lane to riding the RIGHT shoulder!! and he didn't have to be traveling at a "high rate of speed" to have the accident he did...55-60mph is enough to do catastrophic damage when you hit a PARKED tractor trailer!!! We miss you Chuck and are SOOO proud of what you overcame in life!!! RIP!!!

Posted by: EMC122178 | May 29, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

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