A second person has died from the car crash that blocked Interstate 95 southbound for six hours near Laurel Thursday, police said.

Officers were responding to a call around 2:17 p.m. Thursday afternoon that alleged drug activity in a 2004 Toyota Camry in Laurel, according to a release from the Howard County Police Department. Authorities said the suspected car fled the scene. The chase through the streets of Laurel eventually led to I-95.

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Investigators believe the driver, who they identified Friday as Laurel resident Malik Emmanual Britton, tried to make an illegal U-turn onto the southbound lane of I-95 at a “high rate of speed." Britton, 24, eventually lost control and was struck by a tractor-trailer, police said.

Britton was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Thursday and died of his injuries. Authorities on Friday identified Jonathan Asare Somuah as the front-seat passenger of Britton’s vehicle. The 21-year-old Silver Spring resident also was pronounced dead after being transported to shock trauma, according to a police press release. Neither were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said.

Upon excavating the Toyota, police said they found large quantities of drugs and cash, and two digital scales.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Keith Hansen, 58, of Virginia, was taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries.

A third vehicle, a Subaru Forester driven by Dorrel McLaren, 60, of Laurel, was run off the road after also being struck by the Toyota during the incident. McLaren was also taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries.

The southbound lanes of I-95 were closed until around 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

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