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Maryland State Police investigate three-vehicle crash in Abingdon that kills Edgewood man

A man was killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash at an intersection in Abingdon, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Raul Alejandro Smith, 36, of Edgewood was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said shortly before midnight.

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The Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack responded shortly before 2:40 p.m. Thursday to Emmorton Road (Maryland Route 24) at Philadelphia Road (Maryland Route 7) for a report of a crash.

A tractor-trailer was northbound on Emmorton Road while Smith, in a 2013 Chrysler 300, and a 2017 Jeep Compass were southbound, police said.

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Investigators believe the tractor-trailer failed to stop at a steady red turn signal and proceeded through the intersection of Emmorton Road to head west on Philadelphia Road, state police said.

The front of the tractor-trailer struck the left side of the Chrysler in the intersection.

“The driver of the Jeep swerved to avoid the pending crash, however, the rear right quarter panel of Chrysler struck the front right fender of the Jeep,” the release said.

The Chrysler went off the road and stopped at some nearby brush. Drivers of the tractor-trailer and Jeep refused medical treatment at the scene, state police said.

The road was closed for five hours following the crash, state police said. No charges have been filed yet and the department’s crash team is investigating.

The Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine whether to file charges after the investigation is done.


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