Two men were killed Friday after one man drove the wrong way on a highway in Prince George's County, crashing head-on into the other man's car, police say.
The driver of the first car drove northbound in the southbound lanes of Indian Head Highway (MD 210). About 2:40 a.m., he crashed into the other car.
Most drunk- (or DWI, in general) crashes occur in the early a.m. hours, like this one.
Both men, who were not identified immediately, were pronounced dead at the scene. The impact smashed both cars to pieces.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Four people have died on the road since January.
"It's always something on 210," one man who often drives there said.
Rev. Robert Screen, another regular on the road, said he has counted close to 30 people killed on the highway in the past 10 years. He called for new speed cameras, more police patrols and -- perhaps most difficult -- changes in drivers' behavior. He said he's often horrified by what he sees drivers do on the busy strip.
2 Men Killed After Wrong-Way Driver Collides With VehicleTwo men were killed Friday morning after one of the men drove the wrong way along a busy Prince George's County road, crashing head-on into the other driver.(Published Friday, July 21, 2017)
"It's the speeding. It's the riding the shoulders at breakneck speed. It's things that people would do that you know safety is not the primary thing that they have in mind. What's the primary thing on their mind? Getting where I need to go as quickly as I want," he said.
Earlier this month, a Maryland father was killed while driving along the busy road in Accokeek, Maryland.
James Hill was on Indian Head Highway, on his way home from work, when a Ford smashed into his minivan at Pine Drive. He died a short time later.
Prior to the crash, witnesses told police they saw several drivers speeding and driving recklessly.
Last month, six people were injured when a car and pickup truck collided along Indian Head Highway near Palmer Road.
State police said they will look into signage, signals and lighting to try to prevent future crashes.
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - Two male drivers died early Friday morning after a head-on crash on a Prince George's County highway. Prince George's County police say one of the men was driving the wrong way on Route 210 when his vehicle slammed into another vehicle, killing both drivers.
The crash happened between Kerby Hill Road and Palmer Road on Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) in Fort Washington around 2:30 am. The vehicles came to a stop in the southbound lanes after one of them, a Dodge Charger, caught fire.
The crash had a major impact on traffic in the area, as Route 210, a heavily-traveled highway heading into the city from Prince George's County, was completely shut down.
Northbound lanes were reopened just before 7 a.m. and southbound lanes were reopened at about 8 a.m.
Authorities said their investigation into the crash was ongoing. It appears that the wrong-way driver was drunk or drugged, based on the time of the night and the wrong-way driving on such a huge highway: only impaired drivers can drive the wrong-way in this fashion.