Dozens of Car Crashes Occur in Montgomery County During Rainy Day

Official reports about 50 wrecks in eight-hour period Sunday


Several people were rescued from a car after it crashed on Prince Phillip Drive in Olney on Sunday.

Via Pete Piringer/Twitter

Montgomery County rescue officials reported dozens of car crashes Sunday as wet roads led to numerous collisions and several entrapments.

In an eight-hour period that day, about 50 crashes occurred in the county, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said.

He said emergency responders received more than 300 calls Sunday, and about 20 to 25 percent involved car crashes.

“We had an extraordinary amount of rollovers, and a few people trapped and pinned,” he said. Many of the crashes were a result of the rain and slick roads.

One adult was trapped in a car and had to be transported to a hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the bend of Airpark Road between Muncaster and Stratus roads in Derwood, Piringer said.

Several people also had to be pulled from a car that hit a tree on Prince Phillip Drive in Olney, he said. On Clarksburg Road, a car hit a pole and live wires fell on top of it. The passengers were uninjured but were trapped in their car until the electric company cut off power to the wires, Piringer said.

Another crash involved an SUV and a bus careening onto an embankment off the outer loop of the Beltway before Georgia Avenue after a deer ran onto the highway, he said. No one was seriously injured.

Several other incidents involved cars hitting trees in Takoma Park and Silver Spring, he said.

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