Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious personal injury collision involving six vehicles that occurred today at approximately 10:28 a.m. in the area of the 1200 through 1400 blocks of Rockville Pike (Route 355) and Templeton Place in Rockville.
The preliminary investigation revealed that for reasons still under investigation, the 31-year-old male driver of a 2011 silver Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan, who was driving southbound in the 1200 block of Rockville Pike, crossed over into the northbound lanes. The VW struck the driver’s side mirror of a 2006 Ford pick-up truck which was stopped in a northbound lane of Rockville Pike. The VW then continued southbound on Rockville Pike in a northbound lane, striking a 2006 black Chevrolet HHR in the intersection at Templeton Place. The impact caused the Chevrolet to collide with a 2005 burgundy Cadillac SRX. The VW then struck a 2009 silver Honda Civic which was stopped in a northbound lane of Rockville Pike. The VW continued and struck a 2009 burgundy Pontiac Torrent which was traveling northbound on Rockville Pike. The VW then jumped the curb, traveled over the sidewalk and came to rest in the parking lot of the BMW dealership located at 1450 Rockville Pike
The 61-year-old male driver of the Chevrolet HHR was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma for treatment of potentially life-threatening injuries. Four other adult individuals, including the male driver and female passenger of the VW, the female driver of the Cadillac, and the male driver of the Honda, were transported to Suburban Hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda was treated and released from the hospital. The identities of the victims will not be released until family members are notified.
The investigation of this collision caused Rockville Pike to initially be closed in both directions at Templeton Place. Several hours later two southbound lanes reopened, but the northbound lanes remained closed for several more hours.
Anyone who witnessed this collision and has not already spoken with CRU detectives is asked to call investigators at 240-773-6620.