SUV veers off U.S. 1 exit ramp, killing 2

Passenger and driver die when Ford Explorer crashes into a ravine


Two people were killed yesterday when a sport utility vehicle they were riding in rolled off a highway ramp in southern Howard County and into a ravine, authorities said.

County fire Capt. J. Mark Richards said the accident at 9: 23 a.m. occurred as the 1999 Ford Explorer moved off northbound U.S. 1 onto a ramp leading to westbound Route 32.

The vehicle went airborne and rolled into a rocky, wooded ravine. The driver, a 38-year-old Laurel woman, was trapped inside, belted into a seat.

The male passenger was ejected from the smashed vehicle, which ended up on its passenger side. He was found partially pinned under the truck.

Richards said rescue workers attached a winch to right the truck and then cut away part of the roof to remove the woman. Both were declared dead at the scene, he said.

The accident tied up traffic along U.S. 1 as more than a dozen police and emergency vehicles lined the roadside and exit ramps.

Debris from inside the Ford left a path from the ramp to the shallow stream where it stopped rolling.

Eight fire and rescue units from Howard and Prince George's counties responded, Richards said. The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family.

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