One Killed in Rear-End Crash with Dump Truck on I-95 in Edgewood, MD
Edgewood, MD — December 7, 2022, one person was killed in a rear-end collision with a dump truck on Interstate 95 in Harford County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:35 a.m. on I-95 North at State Route 24 in Edgewood. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Subaru Forester north on the highway when for unknown reasons they crashed into the back of a dump truck that was reportedly stopped in traffic due to another accident ahead.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Dump Truck Accident on I-95 in Harford County
People may see the news say the victim rear-ended a stopped truck and think there's little else to say, but it's important not to take a few vague sentences in the news or preliminary police findings as the whole story. Further careful investigation sometimes shows a rear-end crash really was the rear driver's fault (which some folks mistakenly believe is universally true), but as always there are other possible explanations to consider before any conclusions are drawn.
For example, reports don't state any specific reason the car hit the dump truck. Some may have filled in that blank unconsciously by blaming inattention or following too closely, but it's unfair to point fingers before the facts can really tell the story. What if the SUV lost traction or blew a tire? Did it have any mechanical malfunctions or defects that kept the driver from stopping? Was the victim in good health? What were weather and visibility like at the time? Was the dump truck truly stopped as suggested, or did it brake or change lanes suddenly ahead of the Subaru?
None of that is meant to complicate things or make accusations. I'm only saying what I always do: When someone is hurt or killed in an accident like this--particularly in a state with archaic and hostile liability laws like Maryland--it's always critical to learn the clear facts of a wreck in case things aren't how they seem. Will police attention be enough to get to the bottom of what happened here, or should someone else make sure nothing slips through the cracks?