A collision Thursday morning in Elkridge claimed the lives of three men and closed Route 1 for several hours, police said.

Howard County police identified the three men as Degly Ubaldo Monroy Melendez, 20, who was driving; Carlos Osorio, 25, who was in the front passenger seat; and his brother Oscar Osorio, 31, who was in the rear right seat. All were from Hyattsville.

The accident occurred about 6 a.m. in the 7500 block of Route 1 near Meadowridge Road.

A Chevrolet Impala traveling north at a high rate of speed on Route 1 struck a southbound tractor-trailer as the truck driver attempted to turn left across the highway, according to a preliminary investigation. Three men died in the car. The 58-year-old man driving the truck was not injured.

Route 1 has not reopened since the accident and will likely be closed for several more hours this morning, police said.

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