Inattentive or distracted driving has been a hot topic in our national media, with an increasing focus placed on simply paying attention to the road. A flatbed truck driver apparently failed to adequately assess road conditions in late August, triggering a tragic vehicle pile-up near Baltimore that left three victims dead, including a teenager and a 7-year-old girl. The deadly car accident ultimately involved eight vehicles on Route 3 in Anne Arundel County, according to investigators. All three of the victims - females ages 37, 14 and 7 - were riding in the backseat of a vehicle that was rear-ended by a flatbed truck.
Reports show the initial collision in the case was between the flatbed truck and the sedan, a Toyota Camry. The driver, age 37, and his teenaged son, a front-seat passenger, both survived the crash, although they suffered serious injuries. The older man suffered critical injuries in the collision and remains under intensive care at Maryland Shock Trauma. Two of the decedents in the crash were the daughter and granddaughter of the King George County sheriff, according to news reports.
Authorities say they believe the driver of the flatbed truck was traveling close to the 50 mph speed limit at the time of the crash. That operator reportedly did not see the backed-up traffic and was unable to stop before smashing into the other vehicle. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be involved in the accident, although it is not yet clear whether that driver will face criminal or civil penalties. First responders said the crash scene was among the most horrifying that they have ever encountered - not only because of the massive wreckage, but also because of the excessive loss of life. Relatives and community members have echoed that sentiment, calling the incident "devastating."
In total, eight vehicles were involved in the crash, with 14 people involved in the collision. Five other people were injured in the crash, with most suffering only minor injuries.
www.baltimoresun.com, "Police identify victims of multi-vehicle crash" Tricia Bishop, Aug. 28, 2013