LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 8, 2016)—A Maryland State trooper collided with another vehicle at an intersection in Charles County early this morning. Both vehicles caught on fire. The female trooper escaped her vehicle while the civilian was trapped and later extracated from the burning vehicle by EMS personnel.
The trooper is identified as Trooper Constance Davis, who is assigned to the La Plata Barrack. She was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where she is currently being treated for her injuries sustained in the crash. She has been a member of the Maryland State Police for 2.5 years. She was working night shift and operating her marked patrol car at the time of the incident.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash is not yet being identified. He was the driver of a Chevy Malibu and was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash. He did not have any identification with him.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team is on the scene, conducting the investigation into this crash. The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 2:00 a.m. this morning, Trooper Davis was traveling eastbound on Smallwood Drive at the intersection of Stone Avenue. For reasons unknown at this time, Trooper Davis' marked patrol car collided with a 2013 Chevy Malibu at the intersection. After the impact between the two vehicles, Trooper Davis' vehicle hit a nearby tree and both vehicles subsequently caught on fire.
Citizens at a nearby residence called 9-1-1 and rendered aid. Trooper Davis was able to escape the burning vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Shock Trauma where she is currently being treated.
The driver of the Chevy Malibu was trapped in his vehicle. Emergency medical service personnel extricated him from the burning vehicle. He was transported by ground to Medstar Washington Center where he is currently being treated.
State troopers from the La Plata Barrack responded to the scene along with sheriff deputies from the Charles County Sheriff's Office. The Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMF Division and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department also responded for assistance.
As the CRASH Team continues the investigation, police are asking for any witnesses with information relevant to this incident, to contact the La Plata Barrack at 301-392-1200.