Firefighter Dies Fighting Tanker Truck Fire that Killed One, Injured Two

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UPDATE, 8 PM, 6/25

Maryland state troopers are continuing their investigation into a Frederick County crash this afternoon that resulted in the death of one driver, injuries to another driver and passenger, and the subsequent death of a county firefighter who was assisting at the scene.

The deceased driver involved in the crash is identified as Kevin N. Tevelow, 22, of New Windsor, Md.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The injured driver is identified as Ricky H. Hyde, 60, of Manchester, Md.  His injured passenger is identified as George N. Riggle III, 58, of Millers, Md.  Both were transported by ambulance to the Carroll Hospital Center for treatment.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. today, Maryland State Police troopers from the Frederick Barrack were dispatched to the report of a crash on Rt. 26 west of Unionville Road, in Unionville, Md.  Arriving troopers found a passenger car and a tractor trailer had been involved in a head-on collision.  Frederick County fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and were involved in extricating the drivers of both vehicles.

The preliminary investigation indicates the 2016 Volkswagen, driven by Tevelow, was westbound on Rt. 26 near Unionville Road when it attempted to pass a westbound vehicle in an authorized passing zone.  The investigation indicates that while passing, the Volkswagen driver failed to yield the right of way to the eastbound 2016 International tractor and tanker trailer hauling water, driven by Hyde.  The tractor trailer driver apparently swerved to the eastbound shoulder in attempt to avoid a collision, but both vehicles crashed head-on.

MDOT State Highway Administration CHART personnel responded to the scene to set up detours around the scene.  Rt. 26 was closed for more than five hours due to the extensive scene and investigation.  Lanes were reopened just before 6:30 p.m.

Firefighter dies

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services and the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company announced late this afternoon the line of duty death of Volunteer Firefighter Michael Powers.  According to their statement, Firefighter Powers experienced a medical emergency while on the scene of this crash.  He was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The men and women of the Maryland State Police extend their deepest sympathies to the members of the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company and the Frederick County fire and EMS community and join them in honoring the service and sacrifice of Firefighter Powers.

Maryland State Police are investigating a crash between a tanker truck and a passenger vehicle in which at least one person was killed and at least two others were injured just before 1 p.m. today on Maryland Route 26 in Frederick County.

Troopers from the Frederick Barrack, along with the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle
Enforcement Division are among those on scene of the crash, which occurred on Liberty Road in
Unionville, Maryland. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and state police crash scene
reconstructionists have been contacted.

Route 26 is closed at this time with detours in place. Westbound traffic is detoured onto Unionville Road, then to Albaugh Road, and back to Liberty Road. Eastbound traffic is detoured onto Albaugh Road to Unionville Road and then back to Liberty Road.

The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office has been contacted pending any possible charges in the crash following the completion of the investigation.


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