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UPDATED: Man Dies in Collision on Route 22

An accident shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday closed part of Route 22 in Aberdeen.

UPDATED (11:35 a.m.)—A man died Thursday morning after his car collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of MD Route 22 and Beards Hill Road, according to a news release from the .

Robert Simmons, 47, of Aberdeen, had to be extricated from his sedan by members of the Aberdeen Fire Department. Simmons received treatment at the scene and was transported to , where he was pronounced dead by medical officials, according to Lt. Fred Budnick, a spokesman for the Aberdeen Police Department.

The tractor trailer was driven by Nelson Chambers, 38, of Mechanicsburg, PA, according to police. Chambers was not injured.

The accident took place at 5:09 a.m.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Team are assisting in the investigation.

The accident happened in the area between Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 40, and is a busy roadway for commuters trying to reach Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Consider utilizing the Riverside or Havre de Grace exits on I-95, and accessing Route 40 from either MD Route 136 or MD Route 155.

Local travelers can use a detour of Route 22 West to Long Drive to Gilbert Road to Maxa Road to Beards Hill Road to Paradise Road to Route 22.

For instant updates, use the Patch traffic tab.

A Medivac helicopter flew over the area of around 5:30 a.m. and circled before landing at the scene, according to radio transmissions.

Stay with Patch for updates.

pam January 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
my relative was killed in this very intersection a few years ago enough is enough already.....
Jennifer January 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Prayers and thoughts to the families involved, so very sad....very scary pix
fred norman January 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
they need to make this intersection left on green arrow only. that's about the only way to make it safer, also they need to put up a red signal warning to notify big rigs the light is about to change that way they won't be so tempted to make this light.
lindsay January 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
rob your were a awesome friend and co worker u will be missed and my prayers are with u and the family ..... aka my rockstar
katherine hoskins February 13, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is a very dangerous intersection. My husband was rear ended at this intersection a few yrs ago. My condolences to mr simmons loved ones.

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