2 men die as stolen car hits truck Vehicle was speeding at 100 mph down Ritchie Highway

September 22, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Two men were killed instantly yesterday when the stolen 1987 Camaro in which they were riding slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie at about 100 mph and was ripped in half.

Both men were thrown from the car, and car parts were strewn across the northbound lanes of Route 2. Rush-hour traffic was backed up for miles as police closed all northbound lanes and two of the three southbound lanes.

The crash was so loud that employees at the state Motor Vehicle Administration building came running to windows and out of offices to see what had happened. Hours later, they still were watching as State Highway Administration crews cleaned up the debris.

Anne Arundel county police had not identified the victims late yesterday.

According to police, an officer spotted the car on Ritchie Highway north of the Baltimore Beltway speeding south and switching lanes quickly. When the officer turned on his emergency lights to pull the car over, the driver sped over a hill and the officer lost sight of the car, police said.

When the officer got to the top of the hill, he saw the car skidding sideways into a tractor-trailer that was stopped waiting to make a left turn into the MVA lot.

The passenger-side door of the car rammed into the driver's-side rear bumper of the tractor-trailer. The spinning car jumped the median strip and was torn in half. The rear end of the car landed in the northbound lanes about 50 yards south of the truck. The front half stopped about 100 yards south of the truck.

The truck driver, Gary Gene Nelson, 34, of the 9900 block of Dehavilland Way in Baltimore was not injured.

Police said the impact pushed the empty truck about 10 yards.

The bodies of the victims lay several feet from the back half of the car.

Police said they discovered after the crash that the car had been reported stolen from the first block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie between 5 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

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