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One Dead After Tractor-Trailer Crash In Anne Arundel County

Michael Strong
Senior Attorney, Strong Law Firm

Posted on Mar 06, 2012

An accident involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV took the life of one man early on Thursday, February 16, according to Anne Arundel County police. Another was injured in the incident, which shut down both sides of Maryland Route 3 for several hours.

Authorities responded to the incident at 2:13 AM on Maryland Route 3 south near Waugh Chapel way. Salvador Enrique Ayala-Mendoza, aged 34, of Crofton, MD, operated the SUV, a 2002 Ford Explorer.

Apparently, Mr. Ayala-Mendoza had been traveling in the right lane on Route 3. The right lane ended and Mr. Ayala-Mendoza lost control of his vehicle. From there, the Explorer skidded across all three southbound lanes of the highway into the right turn lane. The Explorer crashed into the back of a trailer being towed by a Freightliner Tractor and caught on fire, according to scene investigators.

Mr. Ayala-Mendoza was pronounced dead at the scene. One of his passengers, Terranie Rollins, 32, of Crofton was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with non-critical injuries. Two other men in the Explorer fled the scene, though it is unclear why. No further details have been released about them at this time.

The semi cab carried a passenger as well as the driver. Neither were hurt in the collision.

The crash is still pending investigation at this time, though investigators say that driver error and speed may have contributed to the tragedy.

The Falls Church auto accident lawyers at The Strong Law Firm extend their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Salvador Enrique Ayala-Mendoza during their time of grief. We hope that those injured experience a quick and complete recovery.

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