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Official Reconstruction Report for the Dunkirk Fatal Accident

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OFFICAL RECONSTRUCTION REPORT FOR THE FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

On July 24, 2009 at approximately 10:47 a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team, Anne Arundel County Police Department and Maryland State Police responded to the intersection of MD Rt. 4 and Apple Way in Dunkirk for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office cruiser.

The following was determined during a preliminary investigation:  A blue 1997 Buick Le Sabre was traveling south on MD Rt. 4 and was in the process making a left turn onto eastbound Apple Way into the Apple Green Subdivision. This required the Buick to drive across both north bound lanes of MD Rt. 4.

Traveling northbound in the fast lane on MD Rt. 4 was a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, a 2006 Ford Police Interceptor, responding to a priority assignment in the Dunkirk area.  CCSO cruiser had its emergency equipment activated as it approached the intersection. Both vehicles entered the intersection and collided in a t-bone type collision.

During the collision the 1997 Buick Le Sabre was struck by the 2006 Ford Police Interceptor on the right side B-pillar causing a major intrusion into the passenger compartment between right front and right rear tires of the Buick. Upon impact the Buick was redirected and sent into a grassy area on the east side of MD Rt. 4.  The Buick subsequently caught fire.

The CCSO cruiser entered a rollover and came to final rest in the culvert on the east side of MD Rt. 4, upside-down leaving the deputy entrapped.

The operator of the 1997 Buick Le Sabre sustained mortal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The operator of the Buick has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore as Rachael Alexandra Campbell, 18, of Dunkirk.

The operator of the CCSO cruiser was identified as Deputy C. W. Wells of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy C. W. Wells was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 2 with life-threatening injuries. He was in critical condition but was released from the hospital on Sunday, July 26.     

Due to the nature of the crash, which involves a CCSO deputy,  Calvert County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Maryland State Police in order to conduct an independent investigation into the events leading up to the crash.

Witnesses with any further information related to this investigation are asked to contact Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of CRT at bortchvi@co.cal.md.us or (410) 535-2800.           


STORY AS IT TRANSPIRED ON JULY 24

TBN's reporter on the scene has provided more details. The deputy was flown by State Police Helicopter to Baltimore with life threatening injuries. There has been a fatality in the second vehicle involved in the accident. Authorities are still investigating the scene.

Units from Dunkirk and Huntingtown responded to the accident.

Route 4 northbound is closed from Mt. Harmony Road and all traffic is being diverted. The southbound lanes are open to slow traffic. It is expected that northbound Route 4 will be closed for hours until the investigation is completed.

 

 

TBN's person at the scene reports that the deputy has been extracted form his vehicle and was just transported with serious injuries. The extent of the injuries are known

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