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Driver dies in crash with tractor-trailer on Route 50

A fatal crash shut down an acceleration lane and shoulder lane of eastbound Route 50 near the Capitol Beltway, authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

Details about the crash, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m., remained scant. Police said a car was underneath a tractor-trailer, and one occupant inside the car was obviously deceased. It was unclear if the occupant was a man or a woman.

A sergeant at the Maryland State Police College Park barrack said traffic in the area was moving.

He said crews were working to remove the tractor trailer from the car and reconstruct the crash.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Traffic Accidents  
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Merging onto 50 at the Capital beltway takes driving skills acquired over time. You can not multi-task by talking on the phone, drinking a beverage or sending a text! You have 3 lanes of traffice merging onto 50 or the exit for Route 704/MLK Blvd. Sometimes it just makes sense to yield and let the big trucks go because they really can not see you unless you make eye contact with the driver!

Posted by: Ross65 | May 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Channel 7 had a camera on-scene on this last night. They said the truck had parked on a road shoulder clearly marked as "no parking." While the car driver might well have been multi-tasking or preoccupied, the truck clearly shouldn't have been stopped there, the TV report suggested.

Posted by: blackjack65 | May 27, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe the truck driver was parked on that shoulder by choice, his truck had broken down.

Posted by: Amcjeepyjv8 | May 27, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ross65, your comment is offensive and completely inappropriate. You need to find out the facts before making assumptions about someone's driving abilities or details of an accident you clearly know nothing about and showing some respect for the dead, as well as those that loved them. The driver had a heart attack and the truck was parked on the side of the road because equipment problems. So clearly he could not have made eye contact and yielded to a parked vehicle while fighting for his life!

Posted by: Panda6 | May 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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