Police say the crash was reported around 10 p.m. Monday on Indian Head Highway (MD-210) near Berry Road in the Accokeek area of Prince George's County.
Investigators believe two vehicles were slowing along southbound Indian Head Highway to turn at Berry Road when a third vehicle struck the second vehicle from behind. The impact, investigators say, caused the second vehicle to strike the first vehicle.
A passenger in the second vehicle was killed, police say. The driver of the second vehicle and the driver of the striking vehicle were hospitalized, officials say. The injuries to the person in the first vehicle are considered minor. The crash remains under investigation.
Indian Head Highway has the negative reputation as being one of the most dangerous roads in the region. A crash in December of last year along a stretch of the road in Oxon Hill left three children dead. In January, at least six vehicles were involved in a major crash near the intersection of Livingston Road.
FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick says since the beginning of 2019 law enforcement officers have issued over 3,500 traffic citations and have made at least 15 DUI arrest in the area of the highway. Road improvements to increase visibility and reduce speed have recently been made.
Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski was at the scene of the crash and urged motorists to practice safe driving habits when behind the wheel. "I need my community, please, please, slow down, buckle up and put the phone away. That's my message once again -- slow down, buckle up, and please put the phone away," Stawinski said.
At this time there is one speed camera on Indian Head Highway at the intersection of Old Fort Road in the Friendly, Md. area and law makers have said they will push for more.