Crash kills 3, stalls traffic on U.S. 301 in Prince George's

September 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three people died and two others were injured yesterday in a fiery five-vehicle crash that shut down U.S. 301 in Brandywine in Prince George's County for several hours, stalling morning traffic, police said.

The names of the dead were withheld pending positive identification. The victims were badly burned when the vehicles they were driving -- a dump truck, catering truck and Buick automobile -- burst into flames, police said.

Survivors Margaret Bella Eyombo, 53, of Waldorf and Alfred Long Sr., 54, of Hughesville were taken by helicopter to Prince George's Hospital Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, said state police Cpl. Rob Moroney.

Eyombo was driving a taxicab in the left lane of northbound U.S. 301 about 5 a.m. when she swerved to avoid hitting a stalled vehicle and continued across the median into the southbound lanes, Moroney said.

The cab collided with the dump truck, which traveled across the median into the northbound lanes, according to police. The dump truck slammed into the catering truck, which was hit by Long's vehicle. The dump truck hit the Buick before coming to a halt.

Flammable liquids from the wreckage ignited, engulfing the four vehicles in the northbound lanes in flames.

The accident, which closed portions of U.S. 301 for nearly six hours, remains under investigation.

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