Six-Car Pile Up Shuts Down Rockville Pike For Hours

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Van fire closes 355 in each direction between Strathmore and Montrose (Credit: WNEW traffic reporter Julie Wright)

Van fire closes 355 in each direction between Strathmore and Montrose (Credit: WNEW traffic reporter Julie Wright)

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(LANHAM, Md.) – Police are investigating a serious six-car pile up that caused one man to be flown to a shock trauma unit and shut down Rockville Pike for hours Friday.

The accident occurred at approximately 10:28 a.m. between the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Rockville Pike shutting down the road at Templeton Place for hours.

A 31-year-old male was driving a silver Volkswagen Tiguan southbound in the 1200 block of Rockville Pike when he crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck the driver’s side mirror of a stopped Ford pickup truck.

He then continued southbound on Rockville Pike in a northbound lane, striking a 2006 black Chevrolet HHR in the intersection at Templeton Place. The impact of the collision caused the Chevrolet to collide with a burgundy Cadillac SRX.

The Volkswagen then struck a silver Honda Civic stopped in a northbound lane of Rockville Pike, continued on and struck a burgundy Pontiac Torrent traveling northbound on the same road.

The Volkswagen then jumped the curb, traveled over the sidewalk and came to a stop in the parking lot of the BMW dealership located in the 1400 block of Rockville Pike.

The driver of the Chevrolet HHR – a 61-year-old male – was airlifted to Baltimore Shock Trauma to be treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.

Four other adults involved in the accident were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The male driver of the Honda Civic has been released.

Police shut down Rockville Pike in both directions for hours to investigate the accident, eventually reopening two southbound lanes, but all northbound lanes remained closed for several more hours.

Any witnesses of the collision who have not spoken to accident reconstruction detectives are asked to call (240) 773-6620.

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