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Fatal car crash occurs as Washington, D.C. motorcade passes

Both Maryland State and U.S. Capitol police were assisting with a motorcade traveling from Washington, D.C. when a multiple-vehicle accident claimed at least one life. The deadly car crash occurred on the morning of Jan. 25 and injured several other victims as well. The State Police CRASH team is still reconstructing events, but several facts are known.

The 46-year-old driver who was killed had pulled his car over to allow a senatorial motorcade to pass. Two dump trucks had stopped as well. However, a third dump truck rear-ended the car, and the impact resulted in all four vehicles colliding. The collisions were followed by an explosion of unknown origin, engulfing the car in flames.

Besides the deceased victim, the drivers of the first two dump trucks -- a 27-year-old man and a 53-year-old man -- were injured. Both men were taken by ambulance to be treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The other truck driver reportedly refused medical treatment at the scene.

Police report that charges are pending against the 53-year-old driver as they continue to investigate the fatal car crash. The surviving family members of the car driver who was killed have every right to consult an attorney in the meantime, as they likely have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the dump truck driver and the company who employed him. Anyone in the Washington, D.C. area who has lost a loved one due through another's negligence may benefit from exploring their legal options with a personal injury lawyer.

Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Gaithersburg victim identified in deadly motorcade crash", Jan. 27, 2017

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