1 killed, 4 others hurt in crash involving garbage truck

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Pasadena, Md. — A busy highway in Anne Arundel county was closed from around 1:30 p.m. until after 6:30 p.m. due to a deadly wreck involving a garbage truck.

The wreck happened in the north bound lanes of Ritchie Highway near Jumpers Hole Road and involved a total of 7 vehicles.

A spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department said one person was killed and four others were sent to the hospital when truck failed to stop for a red light.

One person is in serious condition and three others are in good condition according to Cpl. Jacklyn Davis with Anne Arundel police.

Witnesses heard screeching tires and a loud crash with one car being trapped underneath the truck.

"I've never seen a car so mangled,” said Kathy Smith. She believes the Bay Area Disposal truck was speeding before coming to the intersection just in front of the credit union she manages.

"I heard a big crash you know how you hear a truck go over a bump? I thought that was way too loud for that,” said Smith.

Milton Ordakowski also works at that credit union. He saw all traffic stop following the crash and people running to help the victims of the crash.

Both Smith and Ordakowski were still at the scene hours later along with those who stopped to watch the investigation and cleanup.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is still investigating the cause of the wreck and no charges have been filed against drivers involved in the wreck.

Efforts to reach Bay Area Disposal Thursday were unsuccessful.