A motorist was killed and four people were injured during the evening rush hour yesterday when a tractor-trailer rammed the back of a Honda Civic, causing it to explode in flames on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway near Interstate 70, according to the state police.
The driver of the 1999 Honda - identified as Michael Scott Lindbergh, 37, of Rockville - was declared dead at the scene.
When the tractor-trailer hit the Honda about 4:51 p.m., it caused a chain-reaction accident involving five other vehicles, according to Trooper Kris Williams, who investigated the accident.
Both loops of the Beltway were shut down after the accident, with traffic on the inner loop moving about an hour later and the outer loop reopening about 8 p.m. There were no charges in the accident last night.
The cause of the accident was under investigation.