Md. Woman Is Injured After Vehicle Strikes Tire

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a West Virginia woman has been injured after her vehicle struck a tire that came loose from a van on Interstate 70.

Authorities said in a news release that Rosemarie Ann Smith, 41, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries after the Tuesday crash. Police say she was traveling west on I-70 at Downsville Pike when her 2004 Dodge Caravan struck the loose tire.

Police say the tire came from a 2004 Ford E350 van driven by Felipe Ayala of Ashtabula, Ohio. Authorities say Ayala was cited for operating an unsafe motor vehicle.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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