4 Killed and 14 Injured in Church Van Accident
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Nov 09, 2015 in Car Accidents
A pickup truck collided with a church van in a Hyattsville community Sunday just north of Washington, D.C., leaving four dead and 14 others seriously injured.
According to police, the pickup truck was first involved in a smaller rear-end collision before continuing along the road. The driver of the truck then lost control and crossed over a double yellow line into oncoming traffic where it collided with the van. The van struck the truck on the right side, causing the truck to become engulfed in flames.
Three people in the van, including one child, were killed along with the driver of the truck. Fourteen others, including six children and eight adults, were taken to various nearby hospitals with what appeared to be serious injuries.
Several witnesses in the neighborhood heard a loud boom when the accident happened and ran outside to help in any way they could, but the blaze was too much. Firefighters arrived shortly after.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. and was investigated into the night and on Monday morning. The cause of the initial accident is not yet known.
Prince Georges County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said that the crash was one of the worst he has seen in his 40-year career. Most of the adults in the van were in their 20s and 30s and the children were between four and 10-years-old.
The crash was so bad that firefighters went through a critical incident debriefing afterward and counselors were available for those who needed to talk about what happened.
Auto accident such as this are tragic incidents that affect everyone involved. That is why our Silver Spring auto accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured and for those who have lost loved ones in such devastating accidents.