NORTH EAST, Md. (WJZ)—Police say a getaway vehicle caused a deadly crash that delayed traffic on Route 40 Monday afternoon.

Officials say five suspects attempted to steal a riding lawn mower from a nearby Lowe’s store. But an employee spotted their getaway pickup truck and closed the gate just when they attempted to flee the scene.

The suspects then slammed through the closed gate and proceeded to drive to Route 40, where they were hit by an oncoming car.

One of the suspects riding in the back of the pickup truck was ejected upon impact. That suspect was flown to Christiana Hospital in Delaware where he/she was pronounced dead.

The person who hit the pickup truck was also sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still looking from the remaining four suspects, who fled the accident scene.

Stay with WJZ for more on this developing story.

Comments (7)
  1. jose says:

    You can’t make this sH## up .

  2. Jeff Jennings says:

    If you’re gonna steal someone else’s property be prepared for the unknown.

  3. Tim McDiarmid says:

    Could someone please tell me where the Lowe’s in North East is?

    1. Dave says:

      The Lowe’s in North East is not even open yet. They are still making their final preparations for opening. However, it is at the intersection of Route 40 and 272 next to the Food Lion.

  4. Jon pascuzzi says:

    i believe they meant elkton, and there was 2 more accident within 45 minutes of one another today and almost the same spot!

  5. buster says:

    Wow, I guess the old saying “crime doesn’t pay” is true. Well, one less fool that I have to support. It’s a shame the other 4 got away and that an innocent person was hurt. Amazing that the 4 ‘friends’ let a buddy die and they took off.

  6. Loretta says:

    No. They meant North East, the new Lowes is off Rt. 40 near the intersection
    where Mcdonalds and Food Lion is located.

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