A serious multi-vehicle crash in Oxon Hill led to the tragic deaths of three children, according to local police. Very little information has been gathered about the accident so far, but Maryland authorities also confirmed that two adults were injured. Charges have not been filed at this time, but as with most motor vehicle accidents, this tragic crash is still under investigation.
According to the limited report, three vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place the night of Dec. 30. It is unclear at this time what caused the initial collision, but police have not dismissed driver error, recklessness or negligence as possible contributing causes. Two adults were reportedly trapped in one of the vehicles and needed to be extricated. They were taken to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.
Three children of undisclosed ages who were being transported in one of the cars were also badly injured, and all three succumbed to those injuries and were pronounced dead. It is unclear whether the children were in the same car as the injured adults. The ages and identities of all involved parties have not been released to the public at this time, likely pending notification of next of kin.
Motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children are especially tragic, and it is for this reason, among others, that they are so carefully scrutinized by Maryland authorities. In this case, if one or more of the drivers is found to have contributed materially to the crash, those individuals could face criminal charges. Separately, the families of the deceased victims and the injured adults may choose to file further wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against anyone found to have been at fault.