Chil­dren in­jured in crash

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A crash in­volv­ing a van filled with chil­dren and a U.S. Postal Ser­vice truck in Indian Head sent sev­eral to the hos­pi­tal Mon­day af­ter­noon, au­thor­i­ties say.

Around 3:56 p.m. on Mon­day, first re­spon­ders were called to the in­ter­sec­tion of Indian Head High­way and Ray­mond Av­enue for a re­ported col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to a Mary­land State Po­lice news re­lease. Upon ar­rival, four of the eight chil­dren aboard the van, ages 6 to 10, were taken to the hos­pi­tal to be treated for mi­nor in­juries. Oth­ers were picked up from the scene by their par­ents. The driver of the postal ser­vice truck, a 74-year-old man, was also trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that the van, owned by a mar­tial arts com­pany, had just left Indian Head Ele­men­tary School with the chil­dren shortly be­fore the crash, the re­lease states. As the van at­tempted to turn left onto the north­bound lanes of Indian Head High­way from Lackey Drive, the driver re­port­edly failed to yield the right-of-way and was struck by the postal ser­vice truck which had been trav­el­ing south on the high­way.

Po­lice found the driver of the van had been at fault, and is­sued a ci­ta­tion for fail­ure to yield the right-of-way.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed or who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this col­li­sion is asked to con­tact the La Plata bar­rack duty of­fi­cer at 301-392-1200 and ref­er­ence case num­ber 17-MSP- 017080.

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