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Woman killed in I-95 crash


A Williamsburg woman was killed in an automobile accident on Interstate 95 early Sunday morning after her vehicle ran off the northbound lane and struck a wrecker on the side helping a disabled vehicle, police said.

State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler said the collision that happened shortly after midnight 1.3 miles north of State Route 3 caused the 2004 Saturn driven by 47-year-old Carolyn Ann Merski to overturn and come to rest on its roof.

Tyler said Merski was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries at 12:49 a.m.

The State Police spokesman said the driver of the 2007 International tow truck was not injured.

Deputy Chief Mike Jones of the Fredericksburg Fire Department said units of his department worked with Stafford rescue units to free the driver from the vehicle, which he said traveled hundreds of feet after striking the wrecker.

He said crews also worked for some time afterward searching the area around the crash because there had been a report of another person possibly being ejected from the vehicle.

Several sweeps of the area and the use of thermal-imaging equipment did not turn up a second person.

Tyler said the driver was wearing a seat belt and that alcohol was not involved.

The accident was investigated by state trooper M.E. Baker.