BALTIMORE, MD – Police and firefighters reported a serious motor vehicle crash on I-695 between exits 16 and 17 Wednesday afternoon near Security Boulevard. An initial report by the Baltimore County Fire Department claimed multiple fatalities have been confirmed.
“Fire & EMS crews are o/s for an extremely serious MVC, I-695 inner loop, exits 16 & 17 (Security Blvd & I-70). Multiple critical injuries,” the department said.
The Beltway has been shut down in both directions. Police are asking commuters to avoid the area.
Update: The Maryland State Police reported that a person was struck in a work zone after a vehicle drove through the area. Six people were reported to have died.
The cause of those deaths and status of others is unknown at this time.
Update: As of 4 pm, two lanes of traffic have since reopened in the area.