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Two St. Mary’s County women were hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday morning after their SUV rear-ended a tanker truck in Hughesville, Maryland State Police reported.

Charges are pending against Quiana Lashawn Hill, 30, of Morganza, who failed a blood-alcohol test after crashing the silver 2005 Ford Freestyle she was driving southbound on Route 5 around 1:55 a.m. into the rear of a tanker trailer being towed by a 2006 Peterbilt tractor truck, which had just begun to accelerate after receiving a green light at the highway’s intersection with Oliver Shop Road.

Hill and her passenger, Sanjah Leah Hunt, 28, of Mechanicsville, were both flown to the trauma center at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly and admitted with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck’s driver, Dennis Abbate, 56, of Virginia was not hurt.

While speaking to Hill, state troopers noticed her breath smelled like alcohol. Her blood alcohol level tested at more than three times the legal limit.

The highway was closed for two hours while the investigation was completed.

JEFF NEWMAN