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UPDATE: Truck Driver Identified in Fatal Rockville Pike Crash

Pickup truck driver, who was killed, crossed the median along Rockville Pike and struck a Metrobus.

Update, Dec. 29, 12:24 p.m.: The driver of a pickup truck that struck a Metrobus near the Rockville Pike and Alta Vista Road Wednesday afternoon has been identified by Montgomery County police.

The driver, Nkonou Ayaovi Edorh, 49, of the 14200 block of Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill, was killed. Police said the truck Edorh was driving southbound on Rockville Pike crossed the median and struck the Metrobus, which was traveling in the northbound lanes.

Police are still investigating why the truck veered into the northbound lanes.

The two vehicles collided, killing Edorh and injuring the bus driver, who police are identifying as Lennitta L Bryant, 41, of the 3300 block of Weeping Willow Court in Aspen Hill. About 10 suffered injuries in the crash, which ranged from non-life-threatening to critical, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The crash snarled traffic and closed a portion of Rockville Pike Wednesday evening for hours. The roadway re-opened to traffic just before midnight, police said.

Update, 8:25 p.m.: The driver of the pickup truck that collided with a Metrobus was killed in an accident that has shut down a portion of Rockville Pike, Montgomery County Police reported in a news release Wednesday evening.

Police say the driver of the Toyota Tacoma truck was driving south on Rockville Pike when it collided with a Metrobus that was traveling in the northbound lanes. The two vehicles collided, but it's not clear how the accident happened, police said.

The Metrobus struck a tree, according to police.

As Patch reported to the scene, the Metrobus was lodged in a fence that fronted a home along northbound Rockville Pike. The damaged pickup truck was in the northbound lanes against the median.

The female driver of the bus was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, according to police. A Metro spokesman reported via Twitter that she is a 13-year veteran driver.

Updated, 6:31 p.m.: One person is dead and 10 are injured after a Metrobus collided with a truck on Rockville Pike today, according to police.

The crash happened at about 4:15 p.m. near the intersection of Rockville Pike and Alta Vista Road.

All 10 of the injured were transported from the bus to a hospital, Montgomery County Police Capt. David Falcinelli said, and authorities are yet to identify the person killed.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel wrote on Twitter that the person killed was not the bus driver nor a passenger. The bus was headed to Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, according to the Associated Press.

Injuries range from non-life-threatening to critical, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The crash has shut down Rockville Pike in both directions between Cedar Lane and Pooks Hill Road, and Falcinelli said it will be hours before the street reopens as the Collision Reconstruction Unit investigates the scene. 

Updated, 5:54 p.m.: One person has died after a crash on Rockville Pike that left 10 others injured, NBC Washington is reporting.

The crash, at Rockville Pike and Alta Vista Road, involved a Metrobus and four other vehicles, according to NBC. A WMATA spokesman told NBC that the person killed was not on the bus.

Rockville Pike remains closed in both directions between Cedar Lane and Pooks Hill Road, NBC reported.

We'll have more details as they become available.

Original post, 4:53 p.m.: A major collision involving a Metrobus and several other vehicles has been reported on Rockville Pike, according to Montgomery County Police.

NBC Washington is reporting the incident happened at Rockville Pike and Alta Vista Lane. Ten are injured, according to NBC.

NBC is reporting Rockville Pike is closed in both directions.

Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

Correction: This article has been corrected to indicate it was updated Dec. 29. We regret the error.

Mike Rosenblatt January 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Thank god that I have a 2nd farm home in rural Appomattox, County Va. with 37 acres of land............ when I've had enough of the stress of the overly-populated, liberal, congested, "rat race" in Montgomery County...... I simply go back to my tranquil, rural, peaceful, concervative, lifestyle in rural Va. Hard to believe that it once was peaceful here before "progress" changed it all.
Jeff Hawkins January 03, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You are lucky Mike!
Theresa Defino January 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
So are we who like it here and don't want the negative folks tearing down Montgomery County while we work to improve it, especially for those of us 99% who can't afford a "country home." Sheesh!
Jeff Hawkins January 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
FranK: "I'm sure that the folks in Appomatox view you as the same "change" that you whine about in Montgomery." Really, really sure Frank?
Online addict January 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Actually, jnrentz1, if you did some research you would find that many accidents occur at the intersections of roads, specifically, locations were there are stop lights. Ergo, if we got rid of stoplights we could eliminate many accidents.

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