On August 27, the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to a crash that involved seven passenger vehicles and one commercial vehicle. The crash resulted in three deaths and the injury of six others who sustained life-threatening injuries.
Police determined that all involved vehicles were traveling southbound on Route 3 at the time of the crash. As the vehicles neared an overpass, traffic began to slow due to congestion from a traffic signal. A commercial truck failed to stop in time and rear-ended a Toyota Camry, causing a chain reaction crash.
Inspectors from the Maryland State Police responded and performed a post-crash vehicle inspection on the truck. According to officials, it appeared that the contributing factor to the crash was driver error by the truck driver. The State’s Attorney’s Office is now involved and the investigation is ongoing.
This tragedy is an example of how hazardous and fatal a truck accident can be, with many accidents resulting in serious personal injury or even death. Commercial trucks often weigh more than 25 times the average car, making the consequences of these accidents very severe.