State police at the Golden Ring barracks were trying to determine the identity of a man who was killed when his car struck a tree in the median of Route 702 near the Baltimore Beltway in Essex early yesterday and burst into flames.
Shortly after 5 a.m., a passing motorist saw a blue 2008 Toyota engulfed in flames on the northbound ramp of Route 702 leading to the Beltway and called police.
Police said a preliminary investigation at the scene indicated that the driver had lost control of the vehicle on the ramp, entered the median shoulder and crashed into a large tree.
Police said the impact caused the car to catch fire and that the fuel tank exploded. They said the driver, the car's only occupant, was burned beyond recognition.
The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints, police said.
At the time of the crash, the weather was clear and the road was dry, police said.