According to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a couple driving an 18-wheeler lost control of their vehicle and jackknifed. The accident caused the big rig to catch fire and involved several other vehicles that were unable to avoid the wreckage. The fire took emergency workers 25 minutes to extinguish.
The woman, who was the passenger in the tractor-trailer, was trapped in the cab of the truck and died in the fire. The husband, who was the driver, managed to escape. The others involved in the crash suffered only minor injuries. Although there were some winter weather conditions, the actual cause of the accident is unknown, since there did not seem to be ice on the road at the time of the crash.
The truck was carrying frozen chicken products from a Purdue plant in Florida a the time of the accident.