On July 23, 2017, at approximately 8:02 pm, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a reported crash on the drag strip.
The investigation revealed, the driver, Thomas Albert Dunford, age 60, of Tazewell, Virginia was participating in a race at the Maryland International Raceway. For unknown reasons, it appears he failed to activate his brakes or parachute causing the dragster to travel through the sandpit, water barrels, and into the trees at the end of the track.
Medical emergency personnel pronounced Dunford deceased at the scene.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has additional information is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at 301-863-4816, ext. *1456 or by email, Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com.