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Maryland State Police News Release

Maryland State Police Investigating Death of Tractor-Trailer Driver at Howard County Rest Area

(WATERLOO, Md.) — Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a tractor-trailer driver on Saturday in Howard County.

The victim, identified as Jose Ngoran Amoa, 64, of Laurel, Md.,  died at a rest stop on I-95 South, located south of the Patuxent River Bridge. Shortly after 7 a.m., the Maryland State Police Waterloo Barrack received a 911 phone call for a pedestrian wedged in between two commercial vehicles.

The preliminary investigation revealed a dump truck was parked at the rest area. At some point, a tractor-trailer pulled in behind the dump truck. The driver of the tractor trailer, later identified as Amoa, exited his truck and began walking in between the tractor-trailer and the dump truck.

According to investigators, the tractor-trailer began to drift forward into the dump truck and Amoa became wedged in between the two vehicles. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Maryland State Police Crash team and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division completed their investigations and determined that Amoa failed to set the parking brake on his tractor-trailer before exiting his vehicle. This caused the tractor-trailer to drift forward. According to investigators, there were no violations noted on the inspection report of the tractor-trailer during the inspection of the vehicle.

The rest area remained open to the public and only a small portion of the rest area where the tractor-trailers parked was closed.

The investigation continues.


CONTACT:    Ron Snyder, Office of Media Communications

410-653-4236 or through the HQ duty officer at 410-653-4200