Five members of a Virginia family were all killed when a tractor trailer overturned on the vehicle they were in on a Maryland highway.
Police say the accident occurred early Saturday, at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Route 50 in Queenstown. The dead victims include a 24-year-old woman, her 25 year-old boyfriend, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter and two-month old son, and the woman’s 30-year-old pregnant sister. All of the victims were from Greenbush, Virginia, and had been on their way to Baltimore to visit family.
According to law enforcement, the family was driving westbound, in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza. Police believe the pregnant victim was the driver of the vehicle. As the car approached the intersection at Route 213 and 50, a tractor trailer being driven by a 28-year-old Wilmington, Delaware man, slammed into the passenger’s side of the car. Both the car and the truck crossed the intersection and the truck turned over onto the car, instantly killing everyone in the car except for the driver. The woman was rushed to the hospital, where she and her unborn child were pronounced dead.
The tractor trailer driver was also taken to the hospital, but was released the following day. Police are still investigating the accident and are asking that anyone who may have witnessed it to come forward.
Our firm has reported on countless incidents involving truck rollover accidents, often caused by overweight loads, which kill or injure thousands of people each year. If you have lost a family member in a tractor trailer accident, contact an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the company and driver of the truck.