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Wrong-way driver causes deadly crash on I-70 in Maryland

A Maryland vehicle going the wrong way on a divided highway is one of the most dangerous scenarios imaginable. Other drivers will have little or no time to react when they see another vehicle headed straight for them. It is a situation likely to cause a head-on collision at high speed, with death or serious injury to those involved.

This appears to be just what happened recently on Interstate 70, near Clear Spring, Maryland. Two people died when their vehicles collided head-on, just after midnight in the eastbound lanes of the highway. According to Maryland State Police, a 2001 Buick Century driven by a 44-year-old Little Orleans, Maryland, man was traveling west in the eastbound left lane when the accident occurred. The man crashed head-on into a 2005 Buick LaCrosse being driven by a Williamsport woman. Both drivers were killed in the collision. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

State Police say the accident remains under investigation. At this time, they do not know how the Little Orleans man ended up driving the wrong way on the highway.

When a loved one is killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver's negligence, surviving family members have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver and seek monetary compensation for their loss. If the negligent driver was also killed, the lawsuit can be brought against his or her estate. The negligent driver's insurance company will be responsible for paying damages up to the limits of the insurance policy.

Source: The Herald-Mail, "Two killed in head-on collision on I-70 near Clear Spring," April 9, 2015

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