Drivers identified from morning crash on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County

A West Virginia man rescued from a tractor-trailer after a rush-hour accident on Interstate 81 near Carlisle Monday was said to be in stable condition this afternoon and is expected to survive his injuries. Donald Charlton, 64, of Martinsburg, was rushed to an area hospital after being extricated from his truck cab by local fire and rescue crews.

Pennsylvania State Police said Charlton caused the 8:28 a.m. crash when his northbound truck rear-ended a flatbed trailer driven by Deandra Williams, 52, of Rocky, Okla. just south of the highway’s College Street intersection (Exit 45). Williams was slowing down at the time due to some sort of back-up in traffic ahead of her, police said, when Charlton’s struck struck her trailer from behind. The impact caused Williams’ load of metal sign poles to scatter across the highway and into the median. Charlton, meanwhile, was trapped in his truck cab for more than hour.

Traffic was still being pulled off I-81 North at the Allen Road, Exit 43 interchange as of 1:30 p.m. while site clean-up continued. Affected motorists were being re-routed back onto the highway at northbound ramp of Exit 44, avoiding major tie-ups in downtown Carlisle through most of Monday, borough police said. According to police reports, both Deandra Williams and her passenger, Leroy Williams, 41, also of Rocky, Okla., were taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center to be checked for minor injuries. Charlton was reported to have been taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, but a spokeswoman could not provide information Monday afternoon.

However, other sources familiar with accident details said Charlton is “completely stable.” No further information on the extent of his injuries was immediately available. Fire crews responding to the scene included Citizens Fire Company of Mount Holly Springs, Carlisle Fire & Rescue and Union Fire Company, both of Carlisle, New Kingstown Fire Company and Carlisle Barracks Fire Department. They were assisted by Cumberland County Special Hazards Operations Team, Carlisle Special Fire Police and Cumberland-Goodwill Emergency Medical Services. State police said Charlton will be cited for careless driving.

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