1 dead, driver rescued in Montgomery Co. after crash sends truck off road

One man is dead and another was injured after a box truck tumbled off an embankment on Shady Grove Road in Derwood, Maryland, early Tuesday morning, leading to road closures in the area as fire crews rescued the truck’s driver.

Montgomery County fire officials first tweeted about the crash that happened on Shady Grove Road between Epsilon Drive and Briardale Road, near Md. Route 200, just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

They said a car and a box truck had been involved in a crash, which sent the truck over the embankment. The truck landed on its side, trapping the driver inside.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, where he was later pronounced dead.

Because of the slope of the embankment, rescue workers used a system of ropes with a medical basket attached to get the driver of the truck back to the roadway after being freed from the truck.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said the driver of the box truck suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and they were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Shady Grove Road was closed both ways between Crabbs Branch Way and Shady Grove Metro Access Road but reopened Tuesday afternoon.

For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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