Woman dies in Northern Parkway crash

Man taken to hospital after fiery 2-car collision

November 24, 2003|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An unidentified woman died last night after the car she was driving was involved in a fiery crash on the Northern Parkway bridge over Perring Parkway in Northeast Baltimore.

City police said the victim was eastbound on Northern Parkway when her 1995 BMW collided with a westbound car before coming to rest against a bridge wall and protective chain-link fence and bursting into flames.

The BMW was engulfed by the fire, and the woman's body was burned beyond recognition, said Officer Roan Everett of the Traffic Investigation Unit.

The other car, a 1991 Ford Tempo, also burst into flames, but its driver - a 42-year-old man whose name was not released - survived and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with head and chest injuries, Everett said.

Everett said he was told by witnesses that the BMW was speeding on Northern Parkway about 7:30 p.m. when it went out of control, struck the south-side curb, then crossed the eastbound lanes, jumped a concrete median strip and crashed head-on into the other car.

The BMW was turned around by the impact, struck a north-side pedestrian walkway backwards and came to rest tilted against the fence and a concrete wall, Everett said, adding that firefighters had to cut through the wreckage to reach and remove the body.

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