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State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Involved Accident in Dorchester County

EAST NEW MARKET, MD (WJZ)-- Maryland State Police say weather played a role in an accident that killed one pedestrian and seriously injured a second on Maryland Route 16 Saturday evening.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. last night, Maryland State Police from the Easton Barrack responded to a call reporting a crash on Maryland Route 16, at the south of Route 392 intersection in East New Market.

Troopers responded and found three vehicles involved and two people lying in a nearby ditch with obvious injuries.

According to the preliminary investigation, both victims were initially in a Toyota Tundra truck that slid off of the road into a ditch on the northbound side of Route 16. Both of them exited the vehicle.

For reasons unknown at this time, a Ford Escape traveling northbound on Route 16, stopped on the scene.

Moments later, a third vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra traveling in the same direction struck the back of the Ford. After being struck, the Ford came to rest on the southbound side of Route 16, in a ditch.

Crash team investigators believe the Hyundai Elantra then slid off of the northbound side of the roadway when it struck both pedestrians who were outside of their vehicle at the time. The Hyundai came to rest in the ditch on the northbound side of Route 16.

The deceased victim has been identified Loc Van Trang, 61, Hurlock, Maryland.

The second victim, and wife of the deceased is identified as Xuan Thao Thi Tu, 62, of Hurlock, Maryland.

She was transported to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional hospital in Salisbury where she is receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

The drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene.

There were no reported injuries to the driver of the Ford Escape or to the driver and passenger of the Hyundai Elantra.

No charges have been filed. Upon completion of the investigation, troopers will review the case with the Dorchester County State's Attorney's Office to determine if any charges are warranted.


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