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.