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Three killed in car crashes in Baltimore region Monday

Another person killed over weekend in crash still not identified

By Joe Burris and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

8:42 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

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Three people were killed and another person suffered life-threatening injuries in different car accidents in the Baltimore region Monday.

One fatal crash, which happened at about 11:30 a.m., shut the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Overlea at the U.S. 1 (Belair Road) exit for nearly five hours as authorities investigated. The highway has reopened, but the crash is still under investigation, and the victim's identity has not been released.

State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar said that the accident involved at least six vehicles, including a truck.

Another person was killed when their car burst into flames after crashing into a utility pole in Annapolis.

Anne Arundel County Police Lt. T.J. Smith said in a news release that at about 4 a.m., officers went to Route 450 near Defense Highway and the Ridges Gateway to investigate a report of a power outage. Smith said police discovered a 2000 Honda Civic that had run into a pole was engulfed in flames.

Smith said the vehicle's single occupant, who remains unidentified, was deceased. The person's identity is unknown pending an autopsy, he said. The crash shut down all lanes on Route 450 in Annapolis, though the road has since reopened.

The incident is under investigation, but Smith said that speed was a contributing factor in the accident. Traffic was closed between South Haven Road and Rutland Road between about 4:20 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews repaired the utility pole.

Also, A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Baltimore, police said. The motorcycle crashed into an SUV at around 4:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave., police said. The motorcycle driver is a 43-year-old man from Baltimore, police said, but his name is being withheld while his relatives are notified.

Three people inside the SUV were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A bicyclist also was critically injured in a crash in Arnold, Anne Arundel County police said at about 3 p.m. The bicyclist was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries after the crash, which was near northbound Route 2 and College Parkway.

On Monday, Baltimore County police said, they were still working to identify a man who died in a single-vehicle crash in Owings Mills early Saturday morning. In that crash, the man's car veered off the road, struck a utility pole and a tree and caught fire, police said.

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