A Bel Air man was killed in a three-vehicle accident on I-95 in Joppa early Friday morning that closed the lanes for southbound traffic on the interstate highway for five hours, according to Maryland State Police.
Michael Wayne Shipe, of Bel Air, was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police at the JFK Barrack in Perryville said in a news release. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not hurt.
According to the news release, speed is a factor in the accident, which occurred in a construction zone.
State Police said the accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on I-95 near the Clayton Road overpass and the Winters Run bridge, between the interchanges for Routes 24 and 152.
According to the news release, Mr. Shipe was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer driven by Edwin William Cabell Jr. of Staunton, Va. The tractor trailer then struck a tanker truck driven by James Lawrence Straub of Berkely, W.Va. The pickup truck caught fire and came to a stop behind the Cabell's truck trailer.
The news release states that "speed was a factor," because the pickup truck pushed the tractor trailer into the tanker truck and notes that the latter two vehicles "were traveling at the time of the collision at a speed of 5 to 10 mph due to construction."
State Police said Harford County fire and EMS units and the State Fire Marshal's Office also responded to the accident.
Mr. Shipe worked as a mechanic and was also a certified Mig and Tig welder, according to a death notice from McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air, where his funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. He was also a softball coach in Harford County parks and recreation leagues. Survivors include his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Shipe is the 14th person to die on Harford County highways in 2013 and the first fatality in August. There were 32 deaths on roads in Harford last year.re 32 deaths on roads in Harford last year.