Waldorf Man Rear-Ends Ambulance; Two Dead

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - Members of the Calvert Investigative Team, the Maryland State Police Barrack Patrol Division and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division responded to the scene of an accident on April 17, 2006 at approximately 7:46 a.m. A 1993 Ford Thunderbird traveling southbound on Md. Rt. 4 in the area of German Chapel Road in Prince Frederick, being driven by Albert Reigle, Jr., 39, of Waldorf, struck the rear of a 1993 Ford Astrovan owned by AAA Ambulance Service of Upper Marlboro and operated by Natala Rose Lowery, 25, of North Beach. This caused the Ford Astrovan to go into a spin and cross the median strip into northbound traffic. A 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling northbound operated by Joseph DeBay, 45, of St. Leonard, then struck the Astrovan broadside. The van came to rest in the northbound lane and caught fire. A vehicle traveling northbound driven by Sandra Gott, 25, of St. Leonard was struck by the Astrovan while it was spinning.

Natala Rose Lowery, an employee of AAA Ambulance, was pronounced dead on the scene. A patient inside the van, Theresa Gant, 51, of White Sands, was also pronounced dead. The driver of the Thunderbird, Albert Reigle, was transported to P.G. County Shock Trauma Center in Cheverly, where he was treated and is being held for observation. The driver of the pickup truck, Joseph DeBay, was taken to CMH with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other injuries.

The accident is being investigated by the Calvert County Crash Reconstruction Team.

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