Truck crash, fire kills driver in La Plata early Monday

Iden­tity un­con­firmed due to in­juries

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­news.com

An uniden­ti­fied driver died after the pickup truck he was op­er­at­ing left the road and over­turned into a tree, re­sult­ing in the ve­hi­cle catch­ing fire on Hawthorne Road in La Plata early Monday.

On Monday Oct. 9 at ap­prox­i­mately 1:13 a.m., troop­ers from the Mary­land State Po­lice La Plata Bar­rack re­sponded for a re­port of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in­volv­ing an over­turned ve­hi­cle on west­bound Route 225 (Hawthorne Road) west of Ar­lough Place in La Plata, ac­cord­ing to

an MSP press re­lease.

A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion­ist from the La Plata Bar­rack in­di­cates that a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup was trav­el­ing west­bound on Route 225 ap­proach­ing Ar­lough Place. For un­known rea­sons, the ve­hi­cle crossed the dou­ble yel­low cen­ter lines, trav­eled through the east­bound Route 225 lane, and onto the shoul­der, where it struck four mail­boxes. The Dodge Ram then trav­eled through a grassy ditch, struck a util­ity pole, and fi­nally a large tree, be­fore over­turn­ing and be­com­ing en­gulfed in flames. Once the fire was ex­tin­guished, it was con­firmed there was a sin­gle oc­cu­pant inside the ve­hi­cle. The driver, and sole oc­cu­pant, was pro­nounced de­ceased on the scene by Charles County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices per­son­nel, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The iden­tity of the driver could not be con­firmed due in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the col­li­sion and re­sult­ing fire. The driver was trans­ported to the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more for an au­topsy and pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mary­land State Po­lice the iden­tity of the driver is still un­known and the cause of the ac­ci­dent is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as of press time Tues­day.

La Plata Bar­rack per­son­nel were as­sisted on scene by the Mary­land State Po­lice Crash Team and deputies from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Ad­di­tional, per­son­nel from the Po­tomac Heights Vol­un­teer Fire Dept. and Res­cue Squad, Tenth District Vol­un­teer Fire Dept., In­dian Head Vol­un­teer Fire Dept., and Bryans Road Vol­un­teer Fire Dept. and Res­cue Squad, Charles County Hazardous Ma­te­ri­als/Sup­port Unit 16, and Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices EMS pro­vided as­sis­tance.

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