Driver Jailed After Deadly 9-Car Crash in Maryland

A man with a previous DUI charge is suspected of causing a horrific nine-car crash that killed a woman and injured three other people Thursday morning in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, police said. 

Nine cars slammed into each other about 9 a.m. on Route 202 at Lottsford Road. 

Angela Jefferson, 53, was driving a burgundy GMC that crashed with a blue Chevy Silverado driven by Juan Sanchez, 34, Maryland State Police said. The two cars then slammed into seven other cars. A pickup truck went airborne and hit vehicles sitting at a traffic light, a witness said.

Jefferson, of Springdale, was trapped inside her car, the Prince George's County Fire Department said. She was extricated and transported in extremely critical condition to a hospital, where she died.

Sanchez, of Laurel, was found to have been driving with a suspended license. Police saw there was a warrant for his arrest for failing to attend a hearing for a DUI charge from 2014. He was hospitalized on Thursday for injuries, and a security detail was assigned to him. 

Sanchez was released from a hospital by Thursday evening and taken to jail. He was released on bond Friday morning.

Charges against him for the crash are pending, police said. 

Police are investigating why Jefferson's and Sanchez's cars crashed. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call state police at 301-568-8101.

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