Two Truckers Rendering Aid to Crash Victims Struck and Killed by Hydroplaning SUV
Martinsburg, WV – Two truckers were tragically struck and killed while rendering aid to crash victims along a Virginia interstate on Thursday.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has identified truck drivers Adam “Troy” Miller, 53, of Hagerstown, MD, and Ashish Patel, 46, of Ontario, Canada, as the deceased.
The deadly incident unfolded at approximately 7:20 a.m. along Interstate 81.
In a release obtained by Transportation Nation Network (TNN), BCSO said officers responded to two crashes involving four vehicles at the entrance ramp to I-81 from the southbound rest area at mile marker 19.5.
The first crash involved two passenger cars and a parked tractor-trailer.
An Infiniti passenger car traveling southbound lost control, continued through a grassy median before striking the parked big rig.
A Hyundai SUV also traveling southbound lost control as well.
It too went through the grassy median before striking the Infiniti wedging underneath the semi-trailer.
“There was significant entrapment involved in the Infiniti passenger car, however there were no life threatening injuries sustained,” BCSO said.
However, several motorists including Miller and Patel stopped and attempted to render aid to the crash victims.
As they did, a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Jason Hooper, 47, of Martinsburg, WV, similarly lost control and traveled through the grassy median.
The Pathfinder then struck the tractor-trailer in the rear and also struck Miller and Patel.
Both truckers were pronounced deceased on scene, BCSO informed.
Investigators said weather and speed were “significant factors” in the incident as heavy rain in the area covered the roadway leading to hydroplaning.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the pedestrians involved within this accident whom, by their own drive to do the right thing and help those in need, sacrificed their lives to help others,” BCSO Sheriff Nathan Harmon said. “We all really need to to our due diligence and slow down in weather like that.”
The incident and ensuing investigation resulted in a complete closure of the rest area as well as a closure of two lanes on I-81 southbound for approximately seven hours.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Lt. A. Burns or Cpl. D. Ritchie of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 267-7000.