Highway worker killed in I-695 crash in Pikesville

Collision blocking lanes of inner loop prior to I-795; outer loop sees separate crash

January 31, 2014|By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun

A highway worker was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on the inner loop of Interstate 695 near Liberty Road in Baltimore County, according to police and highway officials.

John C. Kahl, 54, of Port Deposit was completing landscaping for a State Highway Administration project in the Pikesville area when the collision occurred about 2 p.m., said Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc, Black, Sr.

Kahl was employed by Erosion Control & Landscape Service, a subcontractor for the highway administration.

He was killed when a 2001 Ford pickup truck veered off the road and onto the right shoulder. The truck, which was driven by Brian K. Seitz, 54, of Marriottsville struck Kahl and a piece of landscape equipment that he was using, Black wrote in a news release.

Two workers at the scene witnessed the accident. They were not injured and Seitz declined medical treatment, Black wrote.

Troopers are trying to determine what caused the pickup truck to leave the roadway.

"We're still investigating, trying to figure out exactly what happened," Black said.

All lanes of Interstate 695 were closed for several hours because of the severity of the crash, but Black said shortly after 3 p.m. that vehicles were passing on the left shoulder and the two left lanes.

Motorists who witnessed the accident are urged to call the state police at 410-780-2700.




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