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Truck drivers charged in road-rage incident

Frederick County authorities say one tractor-trailer driver stabbed another during an apparent road-rage incident on Interstate 81 Tuesday night.

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 316-mile marker on southbound I-81 shortly before 7 p.m., according to a news release from Capt. Aleck Beeman.

Shawn McGraw, 42, of Pittsburgh, was driving a tractor-trailer in the left lane of the interstate, followed by Christopher Robertson, 36, of Henderson, North Carolina, according to Beeman.

Robertson told officers he flicked his headlights to get McGraw to pull into the right lane. McGraw said Robertson was running drivers off the road. McGraw eventually pulled into the right lane and allowed Robertson to pass. Robertson pulled onto the shoulder and McGraw told officers he also pulled over to see if Robertson was all right.

Both drivers stepped out of their vehicles. McGraw told officers he saw Robertson carrying a pistol on his side. McGraw went back to his vehicle and retrieved a large flashlight. A verbal altercation ensued that turned physical, the release states. During the fight, McGraw hit Robertson in the head with the flashlight. Robertson pulled out a pocketknife and thrust it at McGraw, who suffered a cut on the left side of his body, the release states.

Both men returned to their vehicles and resumed driving south on I-81. McGraw called the Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident. Deputies stopped both vehicles on the interstate in the area of the 308-mile marker. Neither man suffered serious injuries, the release states. McGraw received stitches at Winchester Medical Center for the laceration. Deputies charged both drivers with disorderly conduct.

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