6 workers killed after car drives into roadwork zone in Maryland
Six Maryland highway workers were killed Wednesday after a car drove into a work area and hit them, state police said.
The crash on the inner loop of Interstate 695, known as the Baltimore Beltway, happened around 12:40 p.m., Maryland State Police said.
An Acura passed between Jersey barriers before hitting workers and overturning, police say.
The six people killed were contract workers on a national highway construction project, state police said. Police have not identified them, pending notification of next of kin.
The driver, whose identity was not known, was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for medical treatment, police said.
It was unclear why the car entered the work area.
Governor Wes Moore said his office is monitoring the situation. “My heart goes out to the victims and families affected by the tragic accident on the 695 ring road this afternoon,” he tweeted.
The accident is still under investigation.
Helicopter footage from NBC affiliate WBAL of Baltimore showed the overturned Acura surrounded by shattered building materials and other debris between the two parallel Jersey barriers.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski also expressed condolences.
“On behalf of everyone in Baltimore County, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who lost their lives in today’s tragic crash and my prayers are with those injured in this horrific incident. “, he tweeted.