LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Jan. 17, 2016)—A King George, Va. man was killed Saturday after he lost control of his vehicle and subsequently struck an oncoming heavy-duty pickup truck on Route 234 in Chaptico. Two passengers in the truck were sent to St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown with minor injuries. The Virginia man was identified as Bruce Allen Comfort, Jr., a white male, age 31.
Around 9:45 a.m., troopers from the Leonardtown barrack were called to the scene in response to a reported motor vehicle collision, involving an overturned vehicle with a subject possibly not breathing. Upon arrival, troopers observed a Ford Windstar minivan in the roadway with extensive front end and driver's side damage. There were emergency medical personnel providing life saving measures on the operator of the minivan. The second vehicle,
a Ford F-450 box truck, was off the roadway with extensive driver's side damage.
The investigation revealed the Ford Windstar was traveling westbound Rt 234 (Budds Creek Rd) in the area of Knotts Lane, when for unknown reasons it left the roadway. The Windstar continued traveling in the ditch/culvert and then re-entered the roadway. It crossed over into the eastbound lane. The F-450 was traveling eastbound and attempted to take evasive maneuvers to avoid striking the Windstar, but was unable to do so. The vehicles subsequently collided in an off-set head-on collision. After the collision, the Windstar came to a final rest in the roadway and the F-450 traveled off the roadway and overturned once. The F-450 came to a final rest on its wheels off the roadway.
David Clay Bowling, age 55 of Montross, Va. was the driver of the F-450. Douglas Clay Bowling, age 55, of Siler City, N.C. was his passenger.
Comfort was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel at approximately 10:24 a.m.
The collision investigation is being conducted by Tpr. Manning of the Leonardtown Barrack.