Two Killed in Horrible Car Accident on the Way to the Eastern Shore

A dump truck slammed into an SUV on Route 404 in Queen Anne’s County this afternoon, triggering a multi-vehicle crash that left two men dead and closed eastbound traffic on a major Eastern Shore roadway at the start of the Labor Day weekend, Maryland state police reported. Elena Russo, a state police spokeswoman, said eastbound Route 404 near Pinder Road, in Queen Anne, would be closed while police sifted through the wreckage of a crash. Before the accident happened just after 2 p.m., motorists called authorities to report that the dump truck was “swerving all over the road,” Russo said. Witnesses were following the dump truck for about two miles, and they were on the phone with the 911 center when the collision occurred,” Russo said. Russo said the dump truck slammed into the rear of a Ford Explorer, “driving the entire rear of that vehicle into the front seat.” The Explorer then struck a Volkswagen Jetta, which in turn hit a Range Rover, Russo said. The driver of the Ford Explorer died at Memorial Hospital in Easton, and a man riding in the backseat was pronounced dead at the scene, Russo said. A woman in the front seat of the Ford Explorer was critically injured and flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Russo said. “Right now they think there’s somebody in the backseat they’re trying to get out, but they’re not sure because the damage is so bad,” Russo said late this afternoon. Russo said that the road would remain closed “until further notice. They’ve got a lot of wreckage to pull through. There could be other bodies in that crushed Ford Explorer. They don’t know.” Russo said police were urging that motorists take alternate routes. “Anybody traveling toward the beach on that route is going to be delayed,” Russo said. Identities of the victims would be unavailable until their families were notified, she said. The driver of the dump truck was alone in the vehicle and uninjured, Russo said. The truck is owned by Schultz & Sons Salvage of Denton, she said. Authorities won’t decide whether to file charges in connection with the crash until the Queen Anne’s County state’s attorney’s office reviews the case, Russon said. The driver of the Range Rover was also uninjured, Russo said. The driver and two passengers in the Volkswagen Jetta suffered minor injuries, she said.

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