"It's not only a matter of public safety for the residents of Port Deposit," Morton said, "but also for the truckers and the trucks that come through."

Morton said the town has "always been a thoroughfare for trucks, whether legally or illegally," and that's one reason why Port recently designated that no trucks over a certain weight are allowed in the town.

He added that the town is also working with Maryland State Police, the State Highway Administration and the Cecil County Sheriff's Office to enforce this new law, which seems to already be working.

Enforcement, Morton said, has been "ramped up" and so has signage along the more dangerous roads.


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Patricia Vargas, Morton's wife and the owner of The Hidden Bean, called Friday's crash a "sad situation."

"Big trucks are trying to avoid scales and tolls, so they cut through," she said. "They're unfamiliar with the roads, and that's what happens."

Vargas noted the signs on the main streets trucks travel down, but thinks they should be moved before big hills because the signs are "almost too late to let somebody know" what lies ahead.

Over the last seven years that Vargas has lived in Port Deposit, she can recall four big truck crashes.

"I talk to people who have been here for many years and they said that right where the post office is [on Main Street] that it used to be a business and nobody would sit outside because cars would go through [the building]," she said. "It's a problem that has been going on for a long time."

The owner of CM Tugs, also on Main Street, Gayle Wysock agreed that speeding trucks and the subsequent accidents have "been an issue for years."

Wysock, too, remembers trucks crashing into the business on Main Street. She said she doesn't understand why anyone would move a post office to that area.

"As far as I'm concerned, that's Death Valley," she said. "This town has been waiting for a major accident for a long time and hasn't done anything."

Wysock believes trucks over the legal weight limit have been coming through town even more lately partly because the town's police department has dwindled and, she said, "we don't have our own police officers in our town any more."

"There should be no trucks allowed in this town unless they're here for deliveries," Wysock said. "Absolutely none. It's too dangerous."