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Both drivers were drunk in fatal accident, report shows

Maryland State Police have stated that preliminary toxicology reports indicate that both drivers in a recent head-on accident were driving drunk. The drunk driving accident occurred on Route 50 during the early hours of Jan. 28.

The accident, which police are investigating, killed four people, including both drivers. One of the drivers -- a teenager and recent high school graduate -- had been driving a Chrysler Sebring the wrong way on the eastbound lane of Route 50 when her car slammed into a BMW driving east.

Besides the two drivers, two teens who were passengers in the car going the wrong way were also killed in the accident. All three teens had just left a birthday party and were on their way home. The driver of the BMW was also heading home after dinner at a friend's house.

Investigators still don't know why the teen was driving the wrong way on the divided highway. State police believe that the teen driver either took an exit ramp the wrong way or crossed the median and turned around on Route 50. If, for example, the teen driver had taken the I-97 exit ramp the wrong way, they would have traveled almost five miles going the wrong direction before the accident occurred. Authorities did report they had received several 911 calls just before the accident stating there was a car speeding south on I-97 in the northbound lane, and then west on the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50.

Although it remains to be seen how much alcohol contributed to this particular accident, one thing that can't be disputed is that drunk driving can lead to horrific car crash injuries, and sometimes even death. Those drivers making the selfish choice to get behind the wheel even though they are intoxicated must be held accountable for their poor judgment -- after all, a mistake that leads to a death can never be corrected.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Toxicology report shows both drivers in quadruple fatal were drunken driving," Yvonne Wenger, Jan. 31, 2012

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