Kent Island, Maryland Chain Reaction Car Crash Under Investigation; Bridge Repairs Underway Near Accident Site

Last week, a four-vehicle chain reaction car accident on Route 50 westbound in Kent Island, Maryland, sent three people to Anne Arundel Medical Center with injuries. While an accident reconstruction team investigation was underway, this case illustrates what can happen when morning traffic in Maryland meets up with road construction and bridge repair.

According to news reports, the accident occurred on Route 50 westbound near Romancoke Rd on Kent Island, before the Route 8 overpass. (Kent Island is on the Chesapeake Bay in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore region.) Reports state that on Thursday May 13 around 5 a.m., a four-car collision occurred where a road construction crew was clearing out from doing bridge maintenance work.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reported that the accident occurred where traffic had been stopped to allow the construction crews to exit the bridge. Witnesses reported debris strewn all over the road, which was closed down during rush hour traffic for hours.

Kent County, Md car accident injury lawyers may be consulted by families when questions of responsibility and liability surround a motor vehicle accident case. While the full details of this case have not been released, it shares some common characteristics with other chain-reaction car crashes (which can cause injury and motorist fatalities), also known as pile-up accidents: volume of traffic, road construction, and unexpected stops. It is unclear if weather and/or driver inattention (a/k/a distracted driving) were factors in this pileup car accident case in Maryland.

Chain reaction crash stalls morning traffic
HometownAnnapolis.com May 13, 2010
Related Web Resources

Maryland Transit Administration

U.S. Route 50 in Maryland (on Wikipedia)

Kent Island Online Guide