As traffic apparently came to stop for a congressional motorcade, a pileup occurred on I-70 westbound in Maryland. The accident happened at about 9 a.m. on Jan. 25, and pictures showed that at least one vehicle caught on fire.
The police are still investigating, but they believe traffic stopped to let the motorcade pass. The first two dump trucks stopped properly in the lane. A small SUV -- a Nissan Rogue -- stopped directly behind them. Police then believe the third dump truck didn't stop, crushing the Rogue and hitting the back of the lineup hard enough that the other dump trucks were shoved into each other.
The driver of the Rogue was killed. The drivers from two of the dump trucks ended up getting treatment for injuries at Frederick Memorial Hospital, while the other driver was offered treatment and turned it down at the scene.
The motorcade was apparently leaving Washington and traveling to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where lawmakers planned to hold a retreat. An official did say that the motorcade itself wasn't involved in the accident at all.
Witnesses said that the wreck was frightening, with one talking about seeing the blackened frame of the car as all that was left after the fire. Another spoke about how the driver in the SUV was just having a normal day, planning to see his family and go to work, before the crash.
That last statement does touch on just how fast and unexpected a car accident can be. When a loved one is suddenly and tragically lost, family members may need to look into their rights to seek compensation.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "1 Dead Following Accident as Congressional Motorcade Passes," Jan. 25, 2017