A 12-year-old girl who was injured in a traffic accident that killed her father Tuesday on Interstate 70 near the Washington-Frederick county line has been discharged from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night.
Macey N. Gammon was steering a disabled vehicle that her father and 11-year-old brother were pushing on I-70 east when they were struck from behind by a vehicle at about 6:45 p.m., according to Maryland State Police.
Macey and her brother, Dylan M. Gammon, were taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown. Maryland State Police said Macey was stabilized and transferred to Children’s National.
A hospital spokeswoman at Meritus said in an email that Dylan was not listed as a patient Wednesday afternoon.
The children’s father, Adam C. Gammon, 37, of Bethel Road in Frederick, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three other people who were injured in the accident also were taken to Meritus Medical Center.
Edward A. Sechrist, 60, of Warm Springs Road in Chambersburg, Pa., was listed in critical condition at Meritus on Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.
Gary B. Kauffman, 56, of Mapleville Road near Hagerstown, was taken to Meritus and transferred to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where a hospital spokeswoman there said Wednesday afternoon that he was listed in critical condition.
The man who was driving the vehicle that struck the Gammons, Guruprasad P. Bandekar, 36, address not provided, was not listed as a patient at Meritus on Wednesday morning.
MSP 1st Sgt. Kevin Lewis said troopers were investigating to determine who was at fault.
Police said that a tractor-trailer owned by Clouse Trucking, Inc., of Carlisle, Pa., became disabled and had stopped on the right shoulder of I-70 east. A Dodge pickup truck owned by the same company had been sent to make repairs and was also stopped on the right shoulder behind the truck.
As the trucking company employees were completing their repairs, a 2013 Chrysler 200 driven by Gammon also became disabled and stopped on the right shoulder behind the trucks, according to police.
Police said Gammon directed his 12-year-old daughter to get in the driver’s seat of the Chrysler and steer it while he and his 11-year-old son pushed the car forward. The girl was told to steer the car into the right lane of I-70 and around the two trucks so the vehicle could coast forward, according to police.
When the car entered the traffic lane, a 2012 Ford Taurus driven by Bandekar struck Gammon and the Chrysler at highway speed, according to police.
Police said both vehicles proceeded forward and struck Kauffman, who was the driver of the tractor-trailer, and Sechrist, who was the other trucking company employee, as they stood on the shoulder.
Both children, as well as with Bandekar, Kauffman and Sechrist, were taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center.
The eastbound lanes of I-70 were shut down after the accident and they were reopened at 10:30 p.m.
Troopers from the state police Hagerstown barrack, along with fire and EMS units from Washington and Frederick counties assisted at the scene. Crash reconstructionists from the MSP Crash Team also responded.
State Highway Administration personnel and volunteer fire police assisted with road closures and the detour.