Six people, five of them from one family, died last night after a fiery four-car crash on Route 6 in Charles County.
The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. when a 27-year-old motorist driving a Cadillac west near Welcome crested a hill and hit three other cars head-on, the Charles County Sheriff's Department said.
The Cadillac, traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed the center line of Route 6 and struck a 1982 Pontiac being driven by a 32-year-old woman, the sheriff's office said. The driver of the Pontiac and her woman passenger were both injured.
The Cadillac burst into flames on impact, and the driver was killed instantly.
The car continued traveling west in the eastbound lane, careening off the first car, striking a 1990 Nissan head-on and overturning it and killing five members of the family inside. A 34-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and their two daughters, 7 and 2, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The couple's 8-year-old son was taken to Physician's Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Cadillac hit a third car, a 1982 Honda Accord, injuring the female driver, before it came to a stop.
It took rescue workers almost 30 minutes to remove the victims from the wreckage.
The driver and passenger in the Pontiac and the driver of the Honda were taken to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, where all three were listed in serious condition.
The sheriff's department did not immediately release the names of the victims.