Maryland State Police is investigating a fatal crash at the intersection of Route 24 and Route 755 in the Edgewood area.
The accident happened around 11:50 a.m. Thursday, said Brenda Carl, a public information officer for Maryland State Police.
Preliminary reports indicate the vehicle, an Infiniti SUV, was heading south on Route 24 at a high rate of speed between the Route 40 spur and Route 755 (Edgewood Road) when it left the roadway, struck a tree in the median, and caught fire, according to a Maryland State Police new release.
The driver and passenger were ejected, Carl said. The driver, a male, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger, a female, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore, Carl said.
The names of both individuals is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Happening Now; .@MDSP Belair Barrack and Crash Team at the scene of fatal crash closing N/B & S/B Md 24 at Rt 755 (Emmorton Rd. & Edgewood Rd.) Additional details to follow. Check https://t.co/jxqlSYUFnK for latest traffic conditions.
Route 24 was closed for several hours as a result of the crash, reopening just before 4 p.m.
Deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene helping with traffic, Kyle Andersen, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said.
Dismissal from area schools was affected by the road shutdown.
Harford County Public Schools announced on its website and in automated calls made to parents and guardiansthat its transportation department was "re-routing buses that typically travel that portion of Route 24 to ensure students arrive home safe and in as timely a manner as possible. .”