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.

Hollee Sifford January 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I hope everyone is o.k.
Candace Goldstein January 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Drove past on my way to work this morning. What a horrible accident. So sorry for the loss.
KMLyons January 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
So very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Simmons family and friends.
Leilani Hensley January 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
So very sad. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family. How many accidents and deaths will have to occur at this intersection before some INTELLIGENT changes are made??? This has and continues to be a dangerous area and is even busier than before. The small differences that were made only made it more congested and downright confusing!!
Mary Bonilla January 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
This is the worst accident I have ever seen in my area. I was on my way to work when I saw this. Route 22 and Beards Hill is one of the most dangerous intersections in Aberdeen. This is like my third time I've seen the accident, same spot. The city should do something about it before another life comes to waste.
muse January 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
omg i wondered if anyone could survive this..and now i know. RIP. HORRIBLE intersection and unfortunately i have to use it every single day.
Terry Correll January 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Why was MTA Police responsible for the scene vs. APD, HCSD or MSP?
Blake McCloud January 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I agree something need's to be different here! State road's need to do a study of this intersection again!
Tina January 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Please do not let this happen again! Mr. Simmons has been traveling this intersection for many years. You must make it safer for all! Mr. Robert Simmons was a wonderful person, always a good story or joke and all of his family from coast to coast will miss him terribly! Tina/David/Anthony Barone
HappieGrannie January 27, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Read it carefully: It said MDTA was assisting in the investigation, not that they were responsible for the scene. I was listening to the radio traffic most of the morning; MSP's accident reconstruction crew was requested at the scene but was not available.
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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