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Car collides with tractor-trailer

| Friday, Nov. 30, 2001

What is believed to be crack cocaine was found in what was left of a car that crossed the median of Interstate 279 and collided with a tractor trailer Thursday afternoon, police said.

The car was so mangled that the make and model could not be determined at first, police said.

The car's driver, Judith Graczyk, 38, of Pittsburgh had to be cut out of the vehicle, police said. She was in fair condition Thursday evening in Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, a hospital spokesman said.

The crash occurred at 12:20 p.m., near the West View-Bellevue exit of I-279.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Graczyk drove onto the berm of the northbound lane of I-279, which caused her to lose control of her 1991 Toyota. Graczyk's car went through the median into the left lane of I-279 southbound, where it collided with a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Truck driver Pedro Mayonada, 31, of Louisville, Ky., was not injured. Police said he was wearing his seatbelt.

According to the report, a material thought to be crack cocaine was found in Graczyk's vehicle. Charges could be filed, pending the analysis of blood and urine tests, police said.

Travel in the southbound lanes was restricted for more than three hours. Both the southbound and northbound lanes were open around 3:30 p.m.

As a result of the collision, the truck, which was towing an empty box trailer, jackknifed. The car ended up in the southbound lane.

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