According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, two accidents occurred on Maryland Route 700 within 10 minutes of each other, causing both directions to be shut down. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or life-threatening injuries. However, between the two accidents, four people were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
The first accident happened just before 3:00 p.m. at Maryland 700 and Windlass Drive. Three vehicles were involved in the accident. According to a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesperson, the accident caused a minor fire. As a result, both police and fire department officials were called to the scene. Two individuals involved in the accident were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The second accident happened 10 minutes later on Maryland 700 at Middle River Road, approximately a half-mile from the first accident. A Baltimore County police officer was responding to the first accident when he hit a school bus. In addition to the bus driver and another occupant on the bus, there were five students from Parkville High School on board. According to a Baltimore County police officer at the scene, after the police car hit the bus, the school bus then struck another vehicle.
Like the first accident, there were no life-threatening injuries involved in the second accident. However, one student had experienced breathing issues and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. In addition, a police officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. All lanes on Route 700, between Leeland Avenue and Compass Road, were closed due to the accident.
Maryland Car Accident Statistics
According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, there were 120,120 car accidents in Maryland in 2016, involving over 51,000 injuries and 483 fatalities. Distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving are among the most common causes of car accidents, all of which can be prevented by making smart, responsible, and safe choices behind the wheel. Unfortunately, we cannot control how other motorists drive, so it is important to always be aware of your surroundings.
If you see another motorist driving aggressively, swerving in and out of lanes, tailgating, or cutting off other drivers, change lanes and put distance between yourself and the other driver. Report the driver to the police if you believe that his or her driving is endangering other motorists. Weather conditions can also cause the roads to become wet and slippery, so pay attention to weather reports and avoid driving, if possible.