Man killed when vehicle collides with tractor-trailer

November 23, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

An Edgewater man died yesterday afternoon at the Prince George's Medical Center from injuries he received after a tractor-trailer struck his Ford Bronco near the intersection of Route 424 and Governor Bridge Road, county police said.

Robert Brashears, 45, died about 1:30 p.m., said Officer Robert Squire, a spokesman for the county police department's traffic investigation unit.

A state police helicopter flew Mr. Brashears to the trauma center at the Prince George's hospital in Cheverly.

Mr. Brashears sustained severe head injuries; the official cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner, Officer Squire said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Virgil Hise, 34, of Gettysburg, Pa., was not injured, Officer Squire said.

According to police, Mr. Brashears was northbound on Route 424 shortly before 6 a.m., when he hit a deer.

"He lost control. He probably tried to avoid hitting the deer. His vehicle started to fishtail, and he spun around. He ended up in the southbound lane in front of the tractor-trailer, which hit him," Officer Squire said.

Mr. Brashears, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Bronco, Officer Squire said.

The tractor-trailer belongs to Lowery's Trash Removal and Service Inc., located in the 1700 block of Cherry Hill Road in Baltimore.

The trailer weighed nearly 97,000 pounds, some 17,000 pounds over the limit set for the road, police said.

Traffic investigators will determine whether the company should be charged, Officer Squire said.

County police reserve officers directed traffic around the accident scene.

Officer Squire said Route 424 had to close for "nearly four hours" because of the accident. The road was reopened at 10:30 a.m., authorities said.

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