HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT - FORD COURIER PICKUP TRUCK FIXED-OBJECT COLLISION, PATUXENT ROAD NEAR CROFTON, MARYLAND, APRIL 23, 1979

About 9:15 p.m. on April 23, 1979, a compact truck with 12 teenaged occupants was traveling between 64 and 78 mph along a winding country road near Crofton, Maryland, when it failed to negotiate a curve to the left. The truck ran off the right side of the road and struck three trees located about 7 feet from the edge of the pavement. Ten passengers were killed and one passenger was seriously injured; the driver was injured slightly. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was high speed, reckless driving of a vehicle by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Contributing to the severe consequences of the accident was the presence of passengers in the open bed of the pickup truck, an area that offered no crash protection.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-9-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305305
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-79-6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM