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Family of trucker killed in Beltway crash desperate for answers

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dennis Frampton, 47, was a devoted father and community volunteer who had raised two kids and had been married nearly 30 years.

"Everything he did in his life was for his family," said Vicki Frampton through tears.

Frampton was the Halethorpe, Md. truck driver who died in an accident with his tractor-trailer Friday, Feb. 19 that closed the Capital Beltway in both directions for nearly six hours.

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Now, Vicki Frampton wants to know more about what went wrong and is hoping that witnesses will contact Maryland State Police investigators with information.

"He was a very experienced driver....very safe," Vicki said. "He was always looking out for other people on the road. I think he could have swerved to keep from hitting somebody."

Maryland State police said Frampton's truck hit the center wall on the Beltway's inner loop near Connecticut Avenue at about 4 a.m. Friday. The force of the collision tore the truck in pieces. Investigators say at least one witness stopped and has given information.  

Frampton was well known in his community for supporting a local school book drive and supporting numerous fundraisers with donations, according to his wife. He was an avid softball player and was active as a youth coach and a player in area leagues.

Frampton is survived by his wife as well as two adult children.

"He had thousands of friends. Everybody who knew him loved him," Vicki Frampton said.

Frampton was driving a leased truck for a contractor delivering retail goods to Ross stores.

A spokesman for Maryland State Police says anyone with information about the accident should call investigators at the Rockville Barrack at 301-424-2101.

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