UPDATED: One Dead in Sunday Collision, Child Seriously Injured

Maryland State police said a woman was killed after her vehicle was engulfed by flames.


Update - Oct. 8 - 10:15 a.m. Monday

One woman was killed and a young child was seriously injured after a 3-car accident in which the woman's car was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning on Interstate 95 near Waterloo Road in Columbia, according to the Maryland State Police.

Sadia Soto was killed in the accident, according to police. Soto's age and hometown were not released by police.

State police spokesperson Sgt. Marc Black said Soto was pulling a trailer with a 1997 Toyota 4Runner on I-95 when the trailer became disengaged. Soto pulled over and attempted make repairs on the trailer. When she pulled over, the trailer was struck by a 2010 Acura TL.

Moments later, according to Black, a 2011 Jeep became involved in the accident, engulfing both the Jeep and the 4Runner in flames.

Black said Soto was trapped in her vehicle, but people at the scene were able to pull the young child out of the 4Runner. The child was transported to John Hopkins Shock Trauma in Baltimore, according to Black.

Police would not release the age of the child Monday morning, Black said the extent of the child's injuries are unknown.

No one was arrested as a result of the accident, according to state police. Part of Interstate 95 was closed for at least two hours while the investigation took place, said Black.

Original Story - Oct. 7 - 3:12 p.m.

There was at least one fatality in a Sunday morning vehicle collision in Howard County, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS).

The collision occurred at about 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Maryland State Police officials, near Interstate 95 and MD Route 175/Waterloo Road in Columbia.

HCDFRS said there were “fatalities involved,” but because the collision occurred on I-95, the investigation was turned over to the Maryland State Police.

Neither State Police nor HCDFRS would say how many fatalities resulted from the collision.

Greg G. October 08, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I saw it this morning right near 175. It looked like a war zone. There were cars strewn all over 95 some crushed, others burned, and some ditched. I am very sad when this occurs as someone is short one more family member. Maybe if the state troopers would enforce drive right, pass left and texting things like this would occur less.
william bittner October 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree with drive right , pass left. more than 2/3 of the drivers I encounter on the roads are either trying to text or talking on their cell phones. Seems there is more money to be made from speeding tickets than fines for other offenses. I have seen the cops doing this so why pass the law if no one will enforce it
Brook Hubbard October 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The problem is that laws don't matter without strict enforcement and unpopular legislation. People have become complacent, knowing that they aren't likely to be pulled over for driving poorly. Worse, when they are pulled over, they get off with fines that are just ignored by most. To see an actual change, the cops will have to be strict and consistent; when people start losing their licenses because of repeat poor behavior, maybe the public will learn that driving is a privilege... not a right. Regardless, this is a sad event not only for the victims and the family and friends of those involved. Hopefully the little one will pull through and this might end up proving to just be a horrible sequence of bad luck events.
Greg G. October 09, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I would like to know why the Acura struck the vehicle. That area of I-95 has plenty of room for her to safely pull over, the vehicles were on the left side of the road (instead of the right), visibility and driving conditions were very good that morning. Im always sorry when things like this occur, but it is always blamed on high speed, which is rarely the case. Accidents like this will keep occurring if the police fail to stop the reasons they happen.
Calique October 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
The updated story states that the vehicle towing the trailer was not pulled over but was stopped in a lane of travel. What did they think was going to happen???


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