Press Release – On February 24, 2018, at 5:57 AM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23000 block of Budds Creek Road, in Clements, for the report of a vehicle into a residence. Upon arrival it was discovered a tractor trailer had driven off the roadway and continued into an occupied residence, trapping the occupants inside. Due to the nature of the collision, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Initial investigation revealed a 2017 Kenworth T880 towing an empty semi-trailer, operated by Bolden Macarthur Walker, age 72, of Capital Heights, was traveling eastbound on Budds Creek Road, in the area of the traffic circle at Colton Point Road. For unknown reasons the operator lost control of the vehicle as it was approaching the traffic circle. The vehicle continued through the traffic circle, striking a curb, which caused the vehicle to cross the westbound lanes of Budds Creek Road. The vehicle then left the roadway, struck the awning of an unoccupied building, and ultimately collided into the side of an occupied residence. Inside the residence was Billie Kathleen Fitzpatrick, age 38, Thomas Martin Johnson, age 37, and two juveniles. The juveniles were taken to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for precautionary measures. Walker, Fitzpatrick, and Johnson were all transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, with incapacitating injuries, and are listed in stable condition.
At this time the collision remains under investigation by Deputy First Class Nauman. Anyone who may have observed the collision and has not yet provided a statement is asked to contact DFC. Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension *8109, or by email at Taylore.Nauman@stmarysmd.com.
Update – 10:32 a.m.- Budds Creek Road in the area of Colton’s Point Road has reopened in both directions.
Update – 10:19 a.m.- The tractor trailer has been removed. Budds Creek Road in the area of Colton’s Point Road remains closed
Update – 7:12am. The driver and all of the residents have been rescued, accounted for, and are receiving medical treatment.
Clements, MD – Feb. 24, At 6:01 a.m. First responders were alerted to the 23000 block of Budds Creek Road to investigate a motor vehicle crash. Units arrived and found a tractor trailer into a house with the driver and occupants trapped.
There are reports from the scene that the impact shifted the house and parts of the structure is collapsing
Expect road closures in that area.