Two people were severely injured following a collision involving a United States Postal Service semitrailer and a sports utility vehicle. The wreck transpired in Silver Spring, Maryland, during the early morning hours of Nov. 30. According to the report, the collision occurred around 3 a.m. as both vehicles, traveling along Calverton Boulevard, collided, slid down Cherry Tree Road and smashed into a light pole. Upon impact, the front cab section of the USPS carrier crashed down on top of the other vehicle, an Infinity SUV, critically injuring both of its occupants.
Rescue personnel who arrived at the scene had to cut off the roof of the SUV in order to extricate the two victims. Once they were removed from the vehicle, an ambulance took them to local hospitals where they were treated for severe injuries, as reported. The truck driver received minor injuries.
Following the crash, hazmat crews worked to clear the roadway of fuel that had escaped from the USPS cargo carrier, while investigators processed the accident scene. When the report was released, it was not determined what caused the crash.
Because of the sheer weight and size of big rigs, commercial truck accidents have the potential of causing serious injuries to those involved. Many of these types of accidents are caused by fatigued, distracted or otherwise negligent truck drivers. A person who has been injured in such an accident may want to have the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation from the at-fault driver and, if applicable, the driver’s employer, for the medical expenses and other losses that have been incurred.
Source: Fox 5 DC, “2 Seriously Injured in DC-Area Crash Involving USPS Truck”, Nov. 30, 2015