News Release, Maryland State Police

UPDATE 1/31/2020 1:10 p.m.- (BRANDYWINE, MD) – Maryland State Police continue their investigation into a fatal two-vehicle crash in Prince George’s County last night.

The victim has tentatively been identified as Jose Daniel Aguilar Echeverria, 21, of Waldorf, Maryland. He was the driver and sole occupant of a Dodge Charger. The victim’s body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy. No one else was injured in the crash.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 11:00 p.m. yesterday troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack were dispatched to a reported crash on northbound Rt. 301 north of Cedarville Road. When troopers arrived, Prince George’s County fire and EMS personnel were on the scene extinguishing a fire at the crash site.  EMS officials declared one person in a car deceased.

At this time, the preliminary investigation indicates a tractor-trailer carrying wood chips was northbound on Rt. 301, when a passenger car, for unknown reasons, crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer and subsequently caught fire. The northbound lanes of Rt. 301 in the area of the crash remained closed for several hours.

Northbound Rt. 301 reopened to traffic around 5:00 a.m. this morning.  Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration personnel and troopers from the La Plata barrack assisted with the lane closures and earlier detour at the scene. Troopers from the Forestville barrack as well as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division personnel are investigating the crash.

Troopers from the Forestville Barrack ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to please contact the barrack at (301) 568-8101. The investigation into the crash continues.


(BRANDYWINE, MD 1/31/2020 2:30 a.m.-) — Maryland State Police are on the scene of a fatal two-vehicle crash in Prince George’s County.

Details are limited at this time.  The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 11:00 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police troopers from the Forestville Barrack were dispatched to a reported crash on northbound Rt. 301, north of Cedarville Road.  When troopers arrived, fire and EMS personnel were on the scene extinguishing a fire at the crash site.  EMS officials determined one person in a car was deceased.

At this time, the preliminary investigation indicates a tractor-trailer was northbound on Rt. 301.  A passenger car was also northbound on Rt. 301 and, for reasons unknown at this time, ran into the back of the tractor-trailer and subsequently caught fire.

Northbound Rt. 301 is closed and is expected to remain closed until the early morning hours as the investigation and scene cleanup continue.  Northbound traffic is being diverted onto McKendree Rd.  MDOT State Highway Administration personnel will be assisting with a detour around the scene.

The investigation is continuing.  Additional information will be provided when it becomes available later today.


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