One killed in crash on Baltimore Washington Parkway but police can't provide details because of shutdown

One man was killed Sunday night when his vehicle crashed into a tree off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Jessup.

U.S. Park Police, however, were unable to provide details of the crash because media spokesmen have been furloughed by the federal government shutdown.

An Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were alerted to the crash near the Route 32 east ramp by a passing motorist at 11:45 p.m.

Firefighters located a heavily damaged vehicle in a wooded area off the road. The male driver was discovered inside the vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene.

Park Police are investigating the crash. An officer who answered the phone at agency headquarters in Washington apologized but said employees who normally speak to the news media are not working during the shutdown.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22. The shutdown is caused by a dispute between President Donald Trump and Congress over whether to fund a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

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