Two people were killed and two were hurt in a morning collision on eastbound Route 175 that closed the roadway for several hours, according to Howard County police.
A 2004 Saturn Ion traveling westbound on Route 175 crossed the median at 7:58 a.m. and struck a 2010 Dodge Caravan traveling eastbound head-on, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen. The Dodge was then struck by a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, also traveling eastbound, police say, and a 2009 Toyota Corolla was damaged by debris from the accident at Tamar Drive.
Two people died in the incident. Matthew James Miranda, 22, of Columbia, the Saturn's front passenger, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car during the accident, police say. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital, as was the driver of the Dodge, Urooj Zehra Isfahani, 35, of Columbia, Schroen said in a statement.
The drivers of the Saturn and the Hyundai — Joseph Gary Lawrence, 22, of Columbia and Christof Joseph Lindemayer, 32, of Baltimore — were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were being treated for their injuries.
The driver of the Toyota, Judith Deane Russ, 52, of Columbia, was not hurt in the crash.
Speed is likely a factor in the accident, police said.
Route 175 was closed between Tamar Drive and Dobbin Road until about 10:30 a.m.