OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- It's one of the worst traffic accidents this area has ever seen. Five people including two small children are dead after one car slammed into the back of another in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Livingston Road and Livingston Terrace on Friday, with officers arriving at the scene at 9:42 p.m., police said.
The investigation shows that the driver of a Mercedes was going westbound on Livingston Road driving up to Livingston Terrace, when an Acura stopped at the light, authorities said.
It is not clear why the Mercedes did not stop before crashing into the back of the Acura.
Five people including two small children were in the Acura, it's back end was crushed. Everyone in that car died except the driver who is in guarded condition.
Police say weather and speed may have have been factors in the crash.
In the Mercedes, One woman died and the driver is in critical condition. Another passenger in that car has non-life threatening injuries.
The accident was so horrific that emergency personnel who responded to the scene are seeking counseling. The Prince George's County Fire Department activated its Critical Incident Stress Management team to check on first responders.
While families are reeling from this horrible accident, Captain Roland Berg says many of his men and women who responded to the crash are having trouble dealing with such loss.
Berg who is also the EMS Duty Officer said that "In my 20 years I have never had a call where there were 5 fatalities in one incident. Here we have something so tragic and we had a whole family destroyed. Some of them are taking it pretty hard because they have young kids themselves and they can relate to it."
Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tweeted: 'In my nearly 40 years of PGFD service, the Oxon Hill crash that claimed 5 lives last night ranks as one of the worst."
Captain Berg says rear end crashes are some of the deadliest because airbag sensors are generally not in the back of the car. Police have not said if air bags deployed in this instance.
Police are still investigating and have not yet released the names of the victims.
Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.