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Frederick County crash kills one inmate, injures three working along I-70, state police say

Four inmates were struck, one fatally, by a tractor-trailer in Frederick County on Tuesday morning while the men were working along Interstate 70, according to Maryland State Police.

Milton Pajak, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to police. The injured victims were identified as Wade Rickets, 24, Robert Knight and Aaron Abrecht, whose ages are unknown. Each of the injured was transported by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown for treatment.


The victims were part of a crew of six people, supervised by a corrections officer with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. They were working along the shoulder of the highway near Myersville around 9:30 Tuesday morning when a red tractor-trailer heading west swerved onto the right shoulder, according to state police.

The truck struck two men and debris from the crash hit another two men.

The driver of the truck is identified as Frenel Pierre, 53, of Columbia, who was uninjured in the crash. Charges are pending.

Earlier this month, Pierre was stopped on I-70 and charged with failure to comply with local laws, according to online records. The brakes on the tractor-trailer he was driving were out of adjustment. He had previously faced other charges for problems with his vehicle.

After the crash, an unrelated dump truck and trailer crashed into the median to avoid the first incident, police said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.