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Rescue crews work around a Ryder truck after a collision Thursday morning on U.S. Route 50 near state Route 322.

EASTON — A Baltimore man is in stable condition at a Baltimore trauma center after an accident shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Route 50 near Kennedy Street and state Route 322.

Herman Lee Burton, 50, had injuries to his lower extremities after the 2005 Freightliner six-wheeler box truck he was driving hit the back of another box truck. Easton police said Burton was driving the truck east on Route 50, approaching the intersection of Route 322, and was directly behind a 2008 Peterbuilt six-wheeler box truck also headed east on Route 50.

Burton was pinned inside the truck following the impact.

The driver of the 2008 truck, Ralph Lee Walston III, 19, of Marion, told police he started to slow at the intersection and noticed the other truck, driven by Burton, wouldn’t be able to slow in time.

Walston drove to the left, partially off the road, hoping to avoid a collision, police said. But Burton’s truck hit the rear corner of Walston’s truck, and the impact crushed Burton’s truck and trapped him inside.

Easton Volunteer Fire Department and Talbot County Emergency Services personnel removed Burton from the truck, and he was taken to the nearby Easton Airport, where he was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A hospital spokesperson said Thursday afternoon he was in stable condition.

Walston was not injured and his truck had minor damage, police said.

Both trucks were refrigerated box trucks. Walston’s is owned by Tidewater Express of Westover, and Burton’s is owned by Ryder Leasing.

Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Administration also responded to the accident, which closed both east lanes of Route 50 for about an hour. Traffic was re-routed onto Old Centreville Road.

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