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Six construction workers killed when car crashed into work zone on I-695

Troopers: Multiple construction workers struck, killed when car drove into work zone on I-695
Troopers: Multiple construction workers struck, killed when car drove into work zone on I-695 03:34

BALTIMORE -- Six people died when a car crashed into a work zone Wednesday afternoon on the inner loop of I-695 in Baltimore County.

According to Maryland State Police, around 12:40 p.m., a car drove in between temporary placed jersey walls and struck multiple construction workers before overturning.

Troopers initially speculated that two vehicles were involved in the crash. On Wednesday night, they named those drivers.

Maryland State Police said that the driver of the Acura passenger vehicle involved in the crash has been identified as 54-year-old Lisa Adrienna Lea of Randallstown.

The second driver was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen and identified as 20-year-old Melachi Brown of Windsor Mill, Maryland State Police said.

Brown had stopped his disabled vehicle north of the crash site, according to authorities. 

He did not report any injuries, Maryland State Police said.

The crash on I-695 at Security Boulevard shut down lanes in both directions for hours.

Lea was taken to Shock Trauma. Maryland State Police said that she had attempted to change from one lane to another when her vehicle struck the front corner panel on the passenger side of Brown's Volkswagen.

Crash Team investigators believe this caused Lea to lose control and veer into the work zone.

"I am praying for the family," said Bridget Brown, whose son was on the highway during the wreck. "My son was only a few cars back. It could have been my son. I just thank God it is not him."

Troopers said they are investigating the cause of the crash.

Brown told WJZ she was coming to meet her son, who told her not to take 695. She took a back road and saw the commotion.

"When I came, I saw people running, all of the ambulances coming. It was a lot," Brown said. "We have a casualty and I am praying for the family. I didn't see the crash, just the commotion."

Baltimore County Public Schools said it is preparing for significant traffic delays because of the wreck.

"Please avoid the area," the district said. "We will work as quickly as possible to transport students safely this afternoon." 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued his condolences to those involved in the crash.

"On behalf of all the residents of Baltimore County, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in today's tragic crash and my prayers remain with those injured in this horrific incident," Olszewski said.

"My heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by the tragic crash on the 695 beltway this afternoon," Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack at 410-780-2700.

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