Van driver killed after hitting trailer

October 26, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

The driver of a van was killed early today when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a flatbed trailer parked on the shoulder of the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway, said the state police.

The driver, a resident of Falls Church, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

State police said the van was westbound on the Beltway between the Greenspring Avenue interchange and Stevenson Road shortly before 3 a.m. when the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. He veered to the right, drove through several safety cones set up as a highway crew unloaded equipment from the trailer, and crashed into the rear of the 18-wheeled rig.

At the time of the crash, the far right lane of the three-lane Beltway was closed while crews worked in the area. Several workers attempted to rescue the driver but were turned back when the vehicle burst into flames. Police said the van's driver was unable to escape the flames and wreckage.

The van was destroyed.

Westbound traffic was light at the time of the accident and was delayed as firefighters extinguished the burning van and removed debris from the roadway.

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