Acura Collides with Volkswagen in Baltimore Beltway Work Zone Killing Six
Tragedy struck on the Baltimore beltway this week as six construction workers lost their lives when a driver lost control of her car and hit a Volkswagen, careening into the work zone. As new details emerge, it’s clear that the driver, Lisa Adrienna Lea, 54, was attempting to change lanes when the collision occurred. Her car entered the work zone through an opening in temporary concrete barriers that had been erected to protect the construction site. The crew was hard at work on the highway’s left shoulder when Lea’s car hit them.
After the accident, Lea was taken to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center for the injuries she received. The incident caused chaos and the road had to be closed down for hours, creating a backlog of traffic along the west side of the beltway. The driver of the Volkswagen involved didn’t report any injuries and stopped north of the scene.
The police have launched an investigation and will be passing along their findings to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney to determine whether anyone will face criminal charges. Our hearts go out to the families of the six victims who lost their lives, whose names have been released by the police: Rolando Ruiz, 46, of Laurel; Carlos Orlando Villatoro Escobar, 43, of Frederick; Jose Armando Escobar, 52, of Frederick; Mahlon Simmons III, 31, of Union Bridge; Mahlon Simmons II, 52, of Union Bridge; and Sybil Lee Dimaggio, 46, of Glen Burnie. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the scene of a tragic crash that occurred on the 695 beltway in Maryland.
The federal agency will focus on identifying issues related to speeding, work zone protection, and collision avoidance technology. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski expressed his condolences for what he called a horrific accident. Similarly, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore sent his sympathies to the victims and their families. With the investigation underway, it is hoped that lessons may be learned to prevent such crashes from happening in the future.
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