Perryville – Maryland State Police at JFK Highway are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Interstate 95 north of Route 222, in Perryville at around 10:32 a.m. The accident occurred when the driver of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, 37-year-old Eric Schlerf of Bel Air, Maryland, for unknown reasons, lost control of his vehicle and struck a tow truck, another vehicle, and a pedestrian.
The tow truck was a 2014 white Freightliner Tow Truck. The Freightliner Tow Truck was retrieving a 1993 purple Chevrolet Camero. The tow truck operator, 51-year-old Brian Williams, was outside of the vehicles and was struck. State Troopers and EMS personnel responded to the scene. Mr. Williams was later pronounced deceased at 10:48 a.m.
MDTA personnel responded to the crash to aid with lane closures. The investigation is on going.
Williams served as a fire lieutenant and EMS captain for The Community Fire Company of Perryville. He was working his tow truck job for Collette’s Service Center when he was struck.
Perryville, MD – I-95 NB in Perryville is currently shutdown due to an accident that has killed one person an possibly injured another.
We are also receiving reports that a Perryville firefighter has been killed. We are checking with authorities to confirm that this is the same incident.
A tweet from the Susquehanna Hose Company appears to confirm the reports of a firefighter’s death.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to The Perryville Fire Company, as they deal with a terrible & tragic loss today. We're here to support you.
— Susquehanna Hose Co. (@SusquehannaHose) July 9, 2017
Traffic still being diverted on to Route 40. I-95 SB is backed up to Route 273 near North East due to onlookers.