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Several Injured After Car Crashes into Gaithersburg Sam's Club

Several victims were injured yesterday afternoon when a Buick LeSabre accelerated outside of a Sam's Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland and crashed into the front of the store. According to local law enforcement officers, a 76-year-old man lost part of his leg and two people incurred lesser injuries.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the LeSabre was traversing the parking lot just outside of the Sam's Club in the 600 block of North Frederick Avenue, east of Interstate 27 and roughly 10 miles north of Capital Beltway. According to a 31-year-old mother who was walking in front of the store's entrance with her two young children – ages 1 and 3 – the Buick was accelterating directly toward the store. Fortunately, the mother reacted quickly and was able to push her children out of the path of the vehicle. The mother, a resident of Derwood, suffered minor injuries as a result and was later transported to a local hospital for treatment.

After nearly hitting the two young children, the Buick LeSabre continued toward the front of the store before striking a large metal service door located to the right of the store's entrance and crashing through part of the wall. A 76-year old Potomac man who was standing near a support pillar is believed to have been struck by the vehicle near a cash register in the food court. Two military members in the store attended to the man before local law enforcement officers arrived on scene. A tourniquet was applied to the man's leg and he was transported by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore in critical condition. According to officials, the man was expected to undergo surgery Tuesday and had lost part of a leg. Another 33-year-old man from Boyds was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Sam's Club was closed after the crash and remained closed through the remainder of Tuesday. Officials were on hand for the investigation and the driver of the LeSabre – a 77-year-old man from North Potomac – remained on the scene to speak with investigators. According to officers, he was cooperating.

Officials from the Montgomery County Police Department said that it was fortunate more victims were not injured. They attributed a pallet of merchandise near the front of the store as a crucial factor in slowing the Buick before it could cause more harm. At the time of the incident, no charges had been filed against the driver and investigators were still attempting to determine whether the crash was the result of driver error or an auto part malfunction.

Regardless of who can be held liable for this tragic accident, the fact remains that one man has suffered life-altering injuries and other victims have endured serious physical and emotional damages. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Maryland personal injury attorneys have dedicated our personal lives and professional careers to representing victims and families who have suffered losses at the hands of others. From our office locations in Upper Malboro, Washington D.C., and Falls Church, we serve local injured residents throughout the region. If you or your loved one has recently suffered damages as the result of another's negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act, place your trust in a firm that has used decades of legal experience to recover more than $250 million dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. Request a case free case evaluation or contact a Maryland accident attorney from our firm to discuss your case.