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Three adults and one child have lost their lives in a catastrophic three-car accident in Maryland. The incident happened Sunday evening in Hyattsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. In addition to the fatalities, another 14 people were injured in the fiery collision.

According to the Prince Gorge's County Fire Department, six children and eight adults were hurt. Four of the injured adults and four of the injured children were in critical condition following the crash.

Accident Involved a Passenger Van

A fire department spokesman reported on Twitter, "I am on location in 2100 block of Chillum Road in Hyattsville of a horrific crash involving a passenger van. Multiple fatalities and injured."

The fire chief said that over 60 fire-fighting units had arrived on scene from Montgomery County and Prince George's County. The chief said that these kinds of accidents are difficult for all involved. He said that the department's thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all the accident victims.

Accident May Give Rise to Criminal and Civil Litigation

Police and fire officials have yet to reveal how this accident may have occurred or who may be at fault for the fiery blaze. Depending on the results of official investigations, one or more parties may be faulted for the crash. Evidence gathered during the investigations could play an important role in securing the criminal conviction of any party or parties that violated traffic laws leading up to the collision.

If any of the injured parties, or family members of the deceased in this crash, choose to pursue personal injury claims against the at-fault parties, evidence from the accident scene and criminal proceedings will help to bolster their damage claims. Injured victims may be able to seek compensation to pay for their medical care, disabilities, pain and suffering and other damages. Meanwhile, family members of the deceased may be able to recoup wrongful death damages associated with their loved ones' end of life expenses, lost family income, lost companionship and more.