MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WMAR) - From the air, among the devastation which claimed three lives, you can see Jim Cox's car sideways in front of the truck which caused the crash.
“He hit us pretty good, probably knocked us 20 yards, spun us around, hit other cars that were sitting there,” said Cox.
The driver of the car directly next to the victim's car is also sharing his story though he doesn't want to be identified.
“I just remember swirling around, turning around, car coming to a stop, truck coming by,” he said.
It was a horrible crash. Police say it was caused by the driver of the truck that plowed into a long line of cars in stop-and-go traffic, going at least 50 miles per hour, along Route 3 in Millersville.
A white Camry took the worst of it.
“It was difficult because I knew there were children in the car, there were young people in the car,” said Cox.
They were too young to go. Abigail Cullen, 8, Lauren White, 14, and Bethany Dempsey, 37, died instantly in the back seat. In the front seat, Dempsey's boyfriend, Mike Cullen, and his son, Bubba, survived but remain in critical condition.
The family was returning to their home in Warsaw, VA, a small town where Bethany is known as the daughter of King George County Sheriff Steve Dempsey.
The crash was so tough on first responders Tuesday night that a counselor was called out. Jim Cox says he could see their pain.
“My wife’s seat broke. She was in a lot of pain. They came by and said we can’t get to her we got worse. I said I understand,” said Cox. “It’s sad. We're fortunate. We're two cars back.”
The truck driver from Waldorf, Jason Pagaypya, 36, was not injured. Right now, he has not been charged.
People in the other vehicles had minor injuries.
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