Truck driver dies in Md. rest stop accident

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WATERLOO, Md. – A Maryland truck driver is dead after being wedged in between two vehicles at a Howard County rest stop Saturday, state police say.

Police have identified the victim as 64-year-old Jose Amoa of Laurel, Maryland. Police say they received a call shortly after 7 a.m. for a pedestrian trapped in between two vehicles. Police then found Amoa dead at an I-95 South rest stop located south of the Patuxent River Bridge.

The preliminary investigation revealed a dump truck was parked at the rest area. At some point, a tractor-trailer pulled in behind the dump truck. Amoa exited his truck and began walking in between the tractor-trailer and the dump truck.

According to investigators, the tractor-trailer began to drift forward into the dump truck and Amoa became wedged in between the two vehicles. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police say Amoa did not set the parking brake on his truck before exiting which caused the vehicle to drift forward.

According to investigators, there were no violations noted on the inspection report of the tractor-trailer during the inspection of the vehicle.

The rest area remained open to the public and only a small portion of the rest area where the tractor-trailers parked was closed.

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