Fatal Crash Closes Route 3 South In Gambrills

| February 16, 2012
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UPDATE: Anne Arundel County Police have released the following preliminary report on this morning’s accident.

On February 16, 2012, at approximately 2:13 a.m., officers from the Western District responded to Crain Highway south (Route 3) near Waugh Chapel Way for a report of a motor vehicle collision.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered that a Ford Explorer struck the rear of a box trailer being pulled by a Freightliner Tractor, resulting in the Ford Explorer subsequently catching fire. After the fire was extinguished, the operator of the Explorer was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department personnel. Investigators from the Traffic Safety Section were called to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The Investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford Explorer was traveling south on Route 3 in lane #3 (right lane) when it came up behind a slower moving vehicle. The Explorer moved to lane #2 (center lane), where the driver lost control of the vehicle, moved to lane #1 (left lane), eventually sliding back across all three southbound lanes of Route 3 into the right turn lane.

At that time, the Explorer struck the rear of a 1999 Stoughton box trailer being pulled by a 2012 Freightliner Tractor. The Explorer caught fire as a result of the crash with the driver still in the vehicle. A rear seat passenger exited the vehicle and remained at the scene while two unknown male passengers exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot for unknown reasons. The rear seat passenger was later treated and released for non-life threatening injuries at Shock Trauma. The driver and passenger of the Freightliner Tractor were not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates that speed and driver error are possible contributory factors in the collision.

Motor Vehicle #1: 2002 Ford Explorer
Driver: Salvador Enrique Ayala-Mendoza, 34, of Crofton, Md
Injuries/Condition: Fatal
Passenger #1: Terranie Rollins, 32, of  Crofton, Md (rear seat passenger)
Injuries/Condition: Minor
Passenger #2: Unknown Male (Unknown injuries)
Passenger #3: Unknown male (unknown injuries)
 
Motor Vehicle #2: 2012 Freightliner Tractor
Trailer: 1999 Stoughton 53’ Box Trailer
Driver: Jefferson Bolden Jr., 30, of Baltimore, Md
Injuries: None
Passenger: Nathaniel Alphonso Harrod, 34, of Edgewater, Md
Injuries: None

UPDATE: Our media partner, WBAL-TV is reporting that there was one person killed in this crash and another flown to shock-trauma when the van crashed into the rear of the tractor trailer.

UPDATE: at 6:30am the road was reopened.

Route 3 southbound has been closed this morning due to a fatal accident where a car collided with a tractor trailer.  The accident occurred this morning just after 2:00am at the intersection of Route 3 (south) and Waugh Chapel/Reidel Roads.  According to police, it appears that a van stuck a tractor trailer killing the driver of the van.

Currently (6:21am) police are still investigating the accident and all lanes of Southbound Route 3 are closed. The Northbound lanes are open and traffic is moving slowly.

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  • Jim

    10 bucks says the reason the two fled the scene is due to legal status and criminal records.

    If the driver is found to be an illegal, I would put this accident in the hands of Martin O’Malley.

  • Andy

    Shame on you for judging folks. Its not always about Government. Do you think that, maybe, this guy was a father, son, husband??? Legal or not, everyone has a right to live and die with dignity. Give this man some respect.

  • Angelo mendez

    Jim your ares an idiot and a racist

  • Angelo mendez

    Jim you are a racist idiot

  • B.P.

    Wow Jim.
    I would like to see all illgals run out of the state also, but I cant just express joy or assume a non caring attitude over seeing them die.

    That being said, I would agree with you on the issue that any crime or expense to the state caused by illegals is on the hands of the government. Yet, when discussing something of this nature that we do not know for sure the status of those involved, it is best to keep the comments to ourselves and direct our attention to showing concern and compassion.

    • Andy

      Amen B.P.!