Fatal crash halts morning traffic near Arundel Mills

One man died early Saturday morning in an Anne Arundel County accident that closed Route 100 for more than three hours. A second man has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to Division Chief Michael Cox.

At 6:29 a.m., rescue workers were called to a collision on eastbound 100, just west of Telegraph Road, near the MARC system's Penn Line.

The vehicle went off the road and fell about 30 to 40 feet to the train tracks below, with crews taking roughly 20 minutes to free the two victims, Cox said. One victim, a man estimated to be about 40 years of age, was flown by medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The second man, estimated to be about 30 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rails under the viaduct run in three sets of two. Two of those three sets were shut down for a period Saturday morning, with the freeway closed in both directions as well.

The condition of the second man is not known as of midday Saturday. County police have withheld the men's names, pending notification of the family.

-- Patrick Maynard