Weather may have been a factor in a fatal truck accident on Interstate 70 in Frederick, according to Maryland State Police. Details of the fatal crash are as follows:
Raymond Kulkowski, a 44-year-old man from Russelton, PA, died in a truck accident in Maryland on Monday, January 6. Kulkowski was behind the wheel of a 2009 Peterbilt tractor-trailer when the accident occurred. He was traveling along eastbound I-70 in Frederick. According to state police, Kulkowski lost control of the flatbed truck just east of Monument Road shortly before 11 p.m.
The tractor-trailer veered off the road and rolled over, trapping Kulkowski inside. Emergency personnel who arrived on the scene used a tow truck to help extricate him from the vehicle, working quickly in below-zero temperatures. Kulkowski was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Kulkowski was the only occupant of the truck, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Maryland State Police closed off the eastbound lanes of the highway for five hours to investigate the scene of the crash. A preliminary investigation suggests that high winds may have contributed to the crash, according to information from police Sgt. Jeremy Stonebraker. He said that Kulkowski was making a sharp left turn when the accident occurred, and witnesses to the crash say the wind appeared to lift up the rear end of the tractor-trailer. The investigation continues.
Kulkowski had been driving trucks for 20 years. He has two sons, ages 22 and 6. We express our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Kulkowski in their time of grief.