Truck crash, fire kills driver in La Plata early Monday
Identity unconfirmed due to injuries
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.