Christmas Eve crash on I-495 leaves two dead

Two people died in a three-vehicle Christmas Eve crash on I-495 in Montgomery County, Maryland State Police said.

Killed were a 30-year-old woman and a 17-year-old man, both from Silver Spring, Sgt. L. Broadwater of the Rockville Barrack said Tuesday morning. Names were not released pending notification of next of kin.

He said the crash, which shut the outer loop of the Capital Beltway, occurred around 7:50 p.m. near the Connecticut Avenue exit and involved vehicles in the outer loop lanes.

A 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, in the far left lane, entered a turn, hydroplaned on the slick, wet pavement, and spun out of control, according to the preliminary investigation, he said. As it spun out, it collided with a 1994 Toyota truck that was in the adjacent lane, he said. Then, a third vehicle, a 2010 Chevrolet truck that was in the far left lane, came along and collided with the Malibu, he said.

Outer loop lanes were closed for hours. A state police crash team and troopers from the Rockville barrack were continuing to investigation the accident, Broadwater said. He did not have additional information.

About 9:30 p.m. Monday, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services spokesman Scott Graham reported two adults had suffered life-threatening injuries, three women had suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and three others, including two adults and a teenager, had suffered minor injuries. Initial reports Monday night indicated there were four vehicles involved.

In addition, a 78-year-old woman died Monday after a vehicle rolled onto her in Middletown, the Frederick News Post reported Tuesday. The newspaper, citing the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, identified the woman as Lucy Peters Smith. According to the sheriff's office investigation, she was outside her vehicle and trapped beneath it when it rolled in an apparent accident, the newspaper said,

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