A tractor-trailer crashed into the side of a van on a road south of Elkton, killing a passenger in the van and seriously injuring the van's driver, according to Maryland State Police. The impact of the T-bone collision knocked the van onto its side, which is how it skidded through a section of parking lot at Baker's Restaurant on Augustine Herman Highway. The identity of the victims of the crash was not immediaely released and no cause was listed.
It came to rest about 10 feet from the business. "We heard the noise first. It sounded like a bomb. Then we saw this van on its side, sliding across the parking lot. We definitely thought it was going to hit the building and we ran," said Chris Miller, a bartender in the restaurant's lounge.
After she, a fellow bartender and some patrons witnessed the crash through the lounge's panoramic glass windows, Miller called 911.
Police said a 1995 Freightliner with a Minnesota license plate was traveling south on Augustine Herman Highway about 3 p.m. when it crashed into the passenger side of a commercial van that had entered the intersection at Williams Road, south of Elkton.
The van had been traveling west on Williams Road, but it wasn't clear which direction the driver intended to go after reaching the intersection, police added.
"We're not sure if the van was going to continue westbound on Williams Road or if it was going to turn south (onto Augustine Herman Highway)," said Tfc. Nate Wilson.
Investigators also still hadn't determined which vehicle had the right-of-way at that intersection, Wilson said.
An MSP accident reconstruction team took measurements and gathered other evidence during its on-scene investigation.
Investigators with a special MSP unit that deals with accidents involving commercial vehicles also were summoned to the scene.
The collision and on-scene investigation backed up traffic in the southbound lane of Augustine Herman Highway for several hours.