By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer

UPDATE via St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office 8:00 p.m.- On March 12, 2020, at approximately 11:13 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 24700 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of Sotterley Road, in Hollywood, for the reported motor vehicle collision.  Deputies arrived on scene and located two vehicles involved in the collision.  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

A preliminary investigation determined a 2016 Ford Escape operated by Jack Martin Hughes, age 79 of Mechanicsville, was traveling north on Three Notch Road, when for unknown reasons Hughes stopped in the roadway while the traffic light was green.

A 2004 International truck operated by Norman Lawrence Buckler, age 36 of Mechanicsville, was unable to stop and struck the rear of Hughes’ vehicle.  Emergency personnel removed Hughes from the vehicle and attempted life-saving measures on the scene. Hughes was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. No incapacitating injuries were reported for Buckler.

At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision is asked to contact Deputy First Class Jason Smith at (301) 475-4200 extension 72328 or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: The road is now re-opened. We will update if and when details are released by officials.

UPDATE 11:53 a.m,- The crash involved an Oil truck and Ford Compact sport utility vehicle. CPR was performed on one individual for approx. 15 minutes and the victim was pronounced deceased.

We will provide additional information when released by officials.

Hollywood, MD 11:35 a.m.- A serious motor vehicle crash has closed one lane on the Northbound side of Route 235 between Sotterley Road and the Hollywood VFD.

Expect delays and lane closures especially the southbound lanes of Three Notch Road in the area of Hollywood Road due to a traffic accident/investigation. 

Watch for emergency personnel and equipment. Expect delays.

Image courtesy of Mechanicsville VFD