Baltimore, MD - Mar. 22, 2023 - 2:20PM - A massive traffic accident has occurred on the west side of the beltway between Liberty Road and Security Boulevard, resulting in six confirmed fatalities and one person in critical condition, according to WBALTV. The operator of the vehicle responsible for the accident has also been transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The accident happened when a car traveling northbound on the inner loop of the beltway approached a work zone and went through a cut-through, striking multiple road workers. Some workers were hit with such force that they were pushed into the outer loop, which is the southbound lane of the beltway. They were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The beltway is currently closed in both the northbound and southbound lanes in the area of Dogwood Road due to the severity of the crash. The state police crash team is on site, and many people are trapped in the area with no easy way to exit.
Authorities are advising those traveling southbound to detour by exiting at Liberty Road or Reisterstown Road, while those traveling northbound should exit at I-70. The area is expected to remain closed for an extended period as accident reconstruction is carried out
Baltimore County Public Schools informed parents that bus transportation in the area would be affected due to the crash. The district stated, "We will make every effort to ensure students are transported safely this afternoon."