A rollover accident on Port Tobacco Road Wednesday afternoon left one man dead and four others injured.
According to a Maryland State Police press release, just before noon Wednesday a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jessica Marie Dutrow, 29, of Port Tobacco and occupied by Shania Marie Zimmerman, 19, of Nanjemoy, a 36-year-old Port Tobacco man and a 7-month-old infant was traveling eastbound on Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place when Dutrow passed an unidentified vehicle while traveling on the right shoulder. The Chevrolet Blazer re-entered the eastbound lane and Dutrow began to lose control of the vehicle.
At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche operated by Melvin Roland Spriggs, 64, of Capital Heights was traveling on westbound Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Dutrow lost control of the Blazer and it rotated clockwise and entered the westbound lane with the driver side. The Avalanche struck the Blazer. After the collision, the Blazer overturned at least one full rotation and the left rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle.
Spriggs and the infant were transported by MSP Trooper 7 to MedStar Prince George’s Hospital and Children’s National hospital, per the press release. Dutrow and Zimmerman were both flown by MSP Trooper 6 to Prince George’s Hospital. The male passenger of the Blazer was transported to and pronounced dead at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The man’s identity was still being withheld pending next of kin notification Thursday morning, per the MSP.
Speed and driver error are believed to be factors in the collision, according to the press release.
The accident shut down traffic on Port Tobacco Road for a large part of the afternoon, with motorists being redirected through nearby neighborhoods. The soccer field outside the county government complex was used as a staging area for medevac helicopters as they landed to transport patients.
Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Cpl. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team at 301-392-1231. The investigation is continuing.