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Police respond to rear-end crashes on U.S. Route 50

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QUEENSTOWN — Maryland State Police responded to two traffic crashes Friday afternoon, June 19, on U.S. Route 50 east around 2:30 p.m. Both crashes were property damage only; no one was injured, according to Sgt. P. Willoughby at the Centreville barracks.

The weather Friday was clear and sunny with temperatures in the 80s, and beach traffic started early. Both crashes were caused by drivers failing to slow down to avoid the cars in front of them in the heavy Friday afternoon traffic, Willoughby said.

In the first crash, near Arrington Road, the driver of a Kia Sorrento SUV failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the SUV in front of him, causing a chain reaction that damaged four vehicles — all SUVs, Willoughby said. Only the SUV struck by the Kia Sorrento had to be towed from the scene.

A little further east a similar crash occurred near Wye Mills Road when cars slowed for the traffic light at Maryland Route 213 next to Chesapeake College. A passenger car rear-ended the car in front of it, Willoughby said. One car was towed from the scene.

In both crashes, the at-fault drivers received citations for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, Willoughby said.

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