In Jefferson, Maryland, 17-year-old Kaitlyn Wilson died early this morning from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle crash with a Maryland State Highway Administration dump truck. The driver of the Honda Civic that Wilson was riding in is alive, but listed in serious condition.
The deadly truck accident occurred at the intersection of Holter Road and Md. 180. According to Maryland State Police, the Civic was headed north on Holter Road while the truck was moving east on Md. 180 at a constant speed. The two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection.
According to Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jimmy Lakin, the truck had landed on top of the truck. Firefighters had to cut two of the accident victims from the wreckage.
Wilson and the driver of the Honda were flown to Baltimore and treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The truck driver and his passenger were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
According to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Study:
• Dump trucks are involved in 16% of large truck accidents.
• Van trucks are involved in 46% of large truck crashes.
• 15% of large truck collisions involve flatbed trucks.
Dump trucks are extremely large trucks that can cause serious injuries to victims during motor vehicle collisions. In many cases, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and the occupants of passenger cars are the ones more likely to get hurt than the occupants of large trucks when these traffic accidents occur.
If you have been injured in a large truck crash, it is important that you seek medical help right away. In certain instances, symptoms of internal injuries may not reveal themselves until later.
Teen identified in fatal crash as Middletown High student, Frederick News, November 6, 2008
One Victim Dies in Hospital, Driver Still In Serious Condition, Your4State.com, November 6, 2008
Related Web Resource:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Please contact our Maryland large truck accident lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen to discuss your case.