Car Crashes Into Work Zone On I-695 Killing Six Workers


Credit: Elizabeth Janney/ Patch

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Six people were killed when a car slammed into a work zone on I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) on Wednesday, according to Maryland State Police.

Officials said troopers responded to a work zone on northbound Interstate 695 at Security Boulevard in the Woodlawn area around 12:40 p.m. for reports of a pedestrian crash.

EMS personnel pronounced six workers performing repairs/maintenance on the road dead on the scene. The driver that struck the workers, 54-year-old Lisa Adrienna Lea of Randallstown, was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center, police said. Lea was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Lea was traveling in lane two at about 12:40 p.m. when she attempted to change lanes. As Lea tried to move into lane one, police believe her vehicle struck the front corner panel on the passenger side of a Volkswagen driven by 20-year-old Melachi Brown of Windsor Mill.

Crash Team investigators believe this caused the Acura to lose control and subsequently travel into the work zone.

Brown stopped his vehicle north of the scene on I-695, where his car became disabled. He did not report any injuries.

The beltway was closed in both directions for hours as a result of the crash, causing traffic to back up all along 695.

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