Baltimorean, 70, is identified as man killed in Beltway crash; Vehicle veered off ramp, landed on light rail tracks


A man who was killed when his sport utility vehicle hurtled about 80 feet from a Baltimore Beltway exit ramp onto the Central Light Rail tracks near Linthicum Tuesday has been identified as a 70-year-old Northwest Baltimore resident.

State police said James Richard Eley of the 4600 block of Belvieu Ave. lost control of his 1999 Dodge Durango as he drove from the Beltway's outer loop onto Route 170 in Linthicum about 3 p.m.

The vehicle ran through a guardrail and off an embankment, and became airborne, its roof striking a concrete support wall before it landed upright on the tracks. Eley suffered head injuries and was declared dead at the scene, police said.

The accident forced a shutdown of rail service for about two hours.

Another Beltway crash Tuesday a few miles away killed a Glen Burnie truck driver. Gary James Allen, 41, of the 100 block of Shelly Road in Glen Burnie was killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned on an outer loop ramp at Southwestern Boulevard in Arbutus about 11: 15 a.m.

State police said excessive speed caused Allen to lose control of the rig, which was hauling furniture and wood products.

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