Just before 7:00 a.m., a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car shut down I-695. The tractor-trailer caught fire shortly after the crash. The fire was extinguished at around 7:15 a.m.
Unfortunately, the car was trapped beneath the tractor-trailer. Three trapped people were extricated. One person was transported to Bayview burn center and two people to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and BWI fire departments all helped.
Three people were taken to hospitals in serious condition.
...the Baltimore County Fire Department received a call about a crash involving fire and rescue and entrapment on the outer loop of I-695 near I-95 in Arbutus, according to WBAL-TV 11.
Three people have been taken to area hospitals in serious condition, fire crews report. Two of the patients had to be extricated from their car.
Catastrophic Tractor-Trailer Accidents
In 2017, 4,761 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving large trucks according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.). At least 49 of these fatal crashes were in Maryland. Fatalities caused by large trucks have been steadily increasing since 2014, and more than 80 percent of these fatalities were drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles.
Sadly, the trucking industry has several risk factors that are causing drivers to put themselves and others in danger. Between bad trucking companies, driving shortages, and the grueling hours truckers work, the possibility for accidents are skyrocketing every year.
Know How to Spot Bad Truck Drivers
Just because a driver has a CDL does not mean they are safe to drive a truck. Truck drivers who are underqualified and participate in reckless driving behaviors are on the roads every day, putting lives at risk. Maryland residents should always use caution when driving near large trucks and stay far away if you witness any of these hazardous behaviors:
- Sudden turns
- Speeding or driving too slow
- Failure to use headlights
- Swerving in and out of lands
- Erratic breaking
- Rapid accelerations
- Delayed responses
- Drifting and weaving
- Driving while looking too close to the windshield
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