Two Dead, One Injured in Silver Spring Vehicle Collision

Peapod driver remained on scene, was unharmed

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Pete Piringer, MCFRS

Two people are dead and one person has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a Peapod delivery truck collided with a Toyota Corolla Saturday morning on New Hampshire in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County police and fire and rescue emergency personnel responded to the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Northampton Drive at 5:43 a.m. for a report of a collision.

“Units arrived to find a car vs a box truck,” Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted Saturday morning. “Crews found 3 people trapped and unconscious in the car. Battalion 1 crews went to work freeing all occupants. The cause is under investigation with MCPD.”

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2018 Freightliner MT45 driven by James Richard Bailey, Jr. was traveling southbound on New Hampshire Avenue when, for reasons still being investigated, the Peapod truck struck a 1997 Toyota Corolla that was in the process of turning left onto Northampton Drive.

The driver of the Toyota Ismael Melchor Salazar, 39, of Hyattsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger, Marible Zelaya de Reyes, 41, of Hyattsville, was transported to a hospital where she died. An adult male passenger, whose name has not been released, has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. As of Monday morning, there is no update on the passenger’s status, police spokesman Capt. Tom Jordan said.

Bailey stayed at the scene and did not suffer any injuries from the collision, a police press report said.

The southbound lanes of New Hampshire were shut down at 7:30 a.m. Saturday while the police collision and reconstruction unit investigated accident. The lanes reopened about 2 p.m., according to a police tweet.

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