Wrong-way driver de­clared dead in morn­ing crash

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QUEEN­STOWN — An early morn­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Queen­stown caused by a wrong-way driver has left one dead, said Cpl. Chuck Gore with Mary­land State Po­lice Crash Team.

Gore said at about 2:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, July 12, a pas­sen­ger car driv­ing east in the west­bound lane of U.S. 50 just east of Ar­ring­ton Road col­lided head-on with a trac­tor trailer.

The driver of the pas­sen­ger car, who po­lice have pre­lim­i­nar­ily iden­ti­fied but can­not pos­i­tively iden­tify at this point in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, was de­clared dead at the scene.

Gore said after the col­li­sion the pas­sen­ger car caught fire. Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment was the pri­mary re­spon­der to the scene, and Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to as­sist the sit­u­a­tion, Jim Al­free with the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices said. The county’s emer­gency ser­vices units re­sponded to the morn­ing crash as well.

Eric Paden of Sal­is­bury, driver of the trac­tor-trailer, re­fused re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment.

Mary­land State Po­lice is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, Gore said.

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