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Multi-vehicle car accident shuts down Rockville Pike for hours

An accident investigation continues in the multi-car collision that occurred at the end of December. The car accident involved six vehicles and took place on Rockville Pike and the intersection of Edmonston Drive and Congressional Lane.

Montgomery Police responded to the scene and alerted drivers that the road would be closed for some time during the clean up. The accident happened around 10:30am. Two cars landed in the median with others in the northbound side of the road. Southbound lanes reopened around 2 p.m. and northbound roads weren't reopened till after 5 p.m. that day.

According to police, a driver travelling south swerved into the northbound lanes of traffic. It is not clear why the driver veered into traffic. His car hit the driver's side mirror on a second car and collided with a third car. The third car crashed into a fourth. The initial driver hit two more cars before crossing over a curb and sidewalk. The vehicle came to rest in a parking lot of a nearby car dealership.

Police later release the names of those involved in the accident, some who suffered serious injury. The driver of the third car was transported to the Baltimore Shock Trauma and was listed in critical condition for potentially life-threatening injuries. Four more adults were also injured in the crash. All other victims were taken in for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The majority of the drivers and passengers involved in the accident are lucky that there weren't more serious injuries. But even minor injuries can have lasting and painful side effects. It may be important for those injured to recover money from a negligent driver in order to pay for the damages and other side effects. Although the police are conducting an investigation, an attorney hired for the purpose of recovery may be able to work with investigators to ensure that no details are overlooked and that victims receive the financial compensation that is deserved.

Source: WTOP 103.5 FM, "Multiple injuries in Rockville Pike accident, closure," Dec. 28, 2012

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