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Driver dead after vehicle veers off road, smashes into Prince George's home, igniting fire

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 9/26/2020 Elliot Henney, WJLA Staff
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SEAT PLEASANT, Md. (WJLA)  — A driver is dead and five home occupants have been displaced after a vehicle veered off the road and smashed into the porch of a Prince George's County home Saturday morning, according to authorities. 

Both the car and the house erupted into flames.

The incident occurred on Addison Road between James Farmer Way and Eads Street.  The area is closed to traffic while authorities investigate. 

A spokesperson for Prince George's Fire and EMS told ABC7 that they received a call around 7:15 Saturday morning for a vehicle into a house and a fire.  

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders reportedly found the male driver of the SUV dead on arrival.  They found the front porch of the home completely torched and the fire had spread into the front bedroom of the home.  

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An initial investigation revealed that the SUV was travelling down Addison Rd. towards Martin Luther King Blvd. when, for reasons unknown at this time, the SUV veered off the road and into a utility pole.  The impact caused the SUV to spin and smash into the home rear-end first, according to authorities.  

The impact also caused the utility pole to snap in half, and smash into a vehicle behind the SUV.  Miraculous, nobody in that vehicle was injured.  

Prince George's County authorities aren't sure at this time if the driver died from a medical issue before the crash or from smoke inhalation, and are investigating. 

***This story is breaking and will be updated as developments come in.  

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