The driver of a car termed the "at-fault vehicle" by Maryland State Police caused a chain collision Monday on U.S. 113 in Newark about 13 miles south of the Delaware state line that involved three other vehicles and 10 people. The driver of the car, which was passing other cars on a double yellow line, was killed in the accident, along with three passengers.
The deadly car accident occurred shortly before the afternoon rush hour, with the area where the driver sought to pass in a no-pass zone being a two-lane undivided highway with a speed limit of 55 mph. There was no indication from state troopers that speed was a factor in the crash.
The aftermath of the accident was chaotic, and police closed the highway locally in both directions for several hours. There were seven people in the at-fault car. Three of them survived and were airlifted to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The drivers of two other cars that were struck in the crash were also sent to that facility.
In addition to the three cars that collided, a tractor-trailer was also involved. That vehicle was struck by debris, but did not have direct contact with any of the other vehicles.
Sgt. Christopher M. Davala, a trooper at the site, said that the drivers of the other two cars and the driver of the tractor-trailer were "in good shape." He added that very little remained structurally of the at-fault vehicle.
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