It was a dangerous weekend for drivers in Prince George's County, Montgomery County, St. Mary's County, MD, and in the District of Columbia. Eight people were killed in crashes, four of which involved cars catching fire, and one involving a motorcyclist who suffered fatal injuries in a St. Mary's County, MD accident.
A rescue person described the crash that happened on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, near Beltsville, Maryland as "a horrific crash scene," according to the Washington Post.
The deadly accidents began Friday on Southern Avenue in the District of Columbia when the driver of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole, killing the driver and passenger, both of whom are believed to be juveniles. As of Sunday morning, District of Columbia authorities were still trying to confirm the identities of the unfortunate occupants of the car.
And Friday afternoon, in St. Mary's County, a motorcyclist traveling on Route 5 lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a cement culvert, and then skidded into a utility pole, according to the Maryland State Police. The driver suffered multiple pelvic fractures. He was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Later in the day, in Montgomery County, MD, emergency fire and rescue personel responded to the scene of a burning car off Holly Gove Road in the Cloverly area of Silver Spring, MD. The 2002 Subaru was engulfed in flames; both occupants of the car were found dead inside. Crash investigators at the scene believe the Subaru lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to the local office the American Automobile Assocition (AAA), the period of time between August 1st and the Labor Day weekend is the most dangerous time to be on the road. In addition to more people using the roadways for vacation travel, leading to more people driving longer distances, the drivers tend to be less attentive to their driving, since they are in "vacation mode." According tyo John Townsend of the AAA, nationwide statistics from 1999-2008 show that seven of the top fifteen most deadly days to drive a car occur between August 3rd and September 2nd.
We urge everyone to use extra caution this month on our roadways, as more trucks and cars are using the highways this month than practically any other month of the year. We also send our condolences to those families who lost loved ones and who were not so fortunate this weekend.