A Maryland woman and a Delaware man died in a truck accident Wednesday morning. WGMD reports that the accident happened when the Maryland woman’s Plymouth Neon pulled onto the path of a tractor trailer around 7:40 a.m. The accident occurred on the corner of Route 24 and Old Stage Road in Laurel and is being investigated as being a GM defective vehicle lawsuit.

The 51-year-old woman and the 47-year-old man were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

The crash closed Route 24 for several hours while Delaware state police officers investigated. Police do not believe that that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.

Traffic accidents involving tractor trailers frequently involve greater injuries and motorist death because tractor trailers are significantly larger than average passenger vehicles.

In situations where the tractor trailer driver is at fault, a motorist may be able to recover damages for injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Families of truck accident victims killed in crashes can also receive compensation through wrongful death lawsuits.

Wednesday’s accident occurred when the tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on Route 24, also known as Laurel Road. Police reports indicate that the Plymouth Neon stopped at a stop sign on northbound Old Stage Road and Route 24, but that Neon pulled into the path of the tractor trailer, presumably to make a turn.

The tractor trailer had the right of way. The tractor trailer smashed into the Neon’s driver’s side door and killed the woman and the man. The man was initially wrongly indentified as a 56-year-old male by police officers.