Driver killed on Beltway identified
Maryland State Police have identified the tractor-trailer driver killed Tuesday night in a fiery three-vehicle crash that temporarily shut down portions of the Capital Beltway as Osborne H. Bailey, 57, of Charleston, S.C.
Maryland State Police said in a news release that they are still investigating what caused the crash, which occurred just after 11 p.m. on the inner loop of Interstate 495 at the D'Arcy Road overpass in the Forestville area.
State police have said the crash was sparked when a 2006 Kia Sorento traveling south on I-495 drifted onto the shoulder of the road and struck a disabled Dodge Caravan that had been left unattended there. The impact of that collision sent the Kia back onto the highway and into the path of Bailey's tractor-trailer, which had been behind the Kia, state police said. The tractor-trailer then collided with the Kia, ran into the bridge abutments for D'Arcy Road and caught fire, state police said.
Bailey was pronounced dead on the scene, police said. The driver of the Kia, Ricardo J. Powell, 29, of Forestville, was hospitalized with serious injuries that were not thought to be life threatening, authorities said.
No one has been charged with any crimes.
| February 18, 2011; 5:11 PM ET
Categories: Maryland, Traffic and Transportation
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