Tractor-trailer crashes into Md. home while family of four is inside

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ST. MARY'S CO., Md. - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating after a tractor-trailer plowed into a family's home on Saturday morning.

Photo credit: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and the 7th District Volunteer Fire Department

Deputies responded to the 23000 block of Budds Creek Road, in Clements, around 5:57 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office says the initial investigation revealed that a 2017 Kenworth T880, towing an empty semi-trailer, operated by Bolden Macarthur Walker, age 72, of Capital Heights, was traveling eastbound on Budds Creek Road, in the area of the traffic circle at Colton Point Road.

For reasons they are still investigating, Walker lost control of the truck as it was approaching the traffic circle.

Deputies say the truck continued through the traffic circle, striking a curb, which caused the vehicle to cross the westbound lanes of Budds Creek Road. The truck then left the roadway, struck the awning of an unoccupied building, and ultimately collided into the side of a family's home.

The Sheriff's Office says inside the home was Billie Kathleen Fitzpatrick, age 38, Thomas Martin Johnson, age 37, and two juveniles.

The juveniles were taken to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for precautionary measures.  Loved ones tell DCW50 the boys were treated and released.

Walker, Fitzpatrick, and Johnson were all transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. Family members say Fitzpatrick was pinned to the wall behind a bed, which was hit by the truck when it hit the home.

"It's an absolute miracle they are alive," says Brenda Hill, Johnson's sister.

The Sheriff's Office says the collision remains under investigation by Deputy First Class Nauman.

Anyone who may have observed the collision and has not yet provided a statement is asked to contact DFC. Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension *8109, or by email at

Loved ones say the family members also lost their pet dog, Sophie, in the midst of the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call Sharon at 443-975-4714.

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