Thursday, January 10, 2008

It was one of the worst accidents ever on Maryland's Bay Bridge.

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Bay Bridge Crash Investigation Concludes


BALTIMORE (WJZ) ― It was one of the worst accidents ever on Maryland's Bay Bridge.

Less than six months ago, three people died in a massive seven car collision on the westbound span of the bridge.

Derek Valcourt reports police have released the complete accident report investigation highlighting exactly what was to blame.

It's a lengthy crash report by Transportation Authority Police, full of details on the horrendous crash. But bottomline investigators say this may have been a pure accident with no one criminally responsible.

Utter chaos erupted on the bridge after a homemade trailer came loose. It caused a chain reaction crash as vehicles behind it swerved to avoid it.

The pileup included two pick-up trucks, one tanker carrying animal fat, a tow truck, a van, one car and an SUV.

There were three fatalities, including volunteer firefighters Randall Orff and his 19-year-old son Jonathon who were inside the red Ford pick-up truck.

Their deaths are symbols of pain to much of Queen Anne's County.

Now the newly released crash report finds the fault lies solely with the driver of the SUV, which was pulling the homemade trailer.

According to the report, there was no safety hitch pin used. That would have prevented the trailer from coming loose.

Also, the safety chains meant to help in case the trailer did come loose were too long, according to the report.

Despite the faulty trailer hitch, the report indicates it was a horrible accident that could not have been predicted.

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office says there's nothing they could do, and they confirm that no charges will be filed in this case. That's because they say right now there is no law on the books in Maryland regulating how a trailer should be hooked up to a vehicle.

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