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1 dead, 1 injured in morning Silver Spring crash

Disaster can strike at any time. Even the very early morning hours can prove to be a dangerous time on the roads and highways, especially in a major metropolitan area like Washington, D.C.

Such proved to be the case this morning in Silver Spring. Authorities say a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles on the Outer Loop left one person injured. Another person is dead in what could turn out to be a case of wrongful death. There is no word regarding whether any charges have been filed, or if any will be.

The accident took place about 2 a.m. in the westbound lanes of 495 between Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue. A spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says one person died at the scene. The second was taken to a local hospital with what are reported to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident also resulted in a spill of diesel fuel which required a shutdown of traffic and the call-out of cleanup crews. All Outer Loop lanes were closed for the peak of rush hour, only finally opening at about 8:15 a.m. Despite the slowdowns and rainy conditions, no other accidents were reported.

Sudden loss of life and personal injury is a huge trauma for the victims and their families. The pain and suffering such multi-vehicle accidents inflict can be tremendous. The medical costs that can result can rock the financial foundations of injury victims and survivors. Contacting an attorney can help ensure that individual's rights are fully protected.

Source: WUSA-TV, "All Lanes Open On Outer Loop After Fatal Crash," Susan Phillips, April 23, 2012

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