Last night, a Maryland State Highway Administration snow plow driver was standing outside his truck at Ridge Road and Hoffman Drive. An SUV was driving by and hit the plow driver, resulting in life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident to determine who was at fault and if any charges need to be filed against the SUV driver.
It is unclear where exactly the plow driver was standing when he was hit—was he standing on the side of the road, was he standing in the middle of the road. These types of accidents happen far too frequently on highways when drivers are pulled over on the shoulder, get outside of their car, and another driver hits them. Even when something like this occurs on a main road as opposed to a highway, the effects are just as bad. A driver standing outside of his or her vehicle is never safe and should always stand as far away from travel lanes as possible.
It is also unknown whether the SUV driver was distracted while driving, under the influence of alcohol, or simply just did not see the truck driver. The police investigation will make these determinations.
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