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Driver dead after traveling wrong way on I-70, colliding with two trucks

Posted at 9:00 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 11:07:39-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) — One person is dead after driving the wrong way on the interstate, and crashing with two oncoming trucks.

It happened Monday around 2:30 a.m. on eastbound I-70 near Rt. 40. in Howard County.

Maryland State Police say they received multiple calls about a Jaguar driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-70.

When troopers arrived, they found the Jaguar and two tractor trailers involved in a crash.

The driver of the Jaguar was pronounced dead. Police have not released their name.

So far, investigators aren't sure how or why they ended up going the wrong way on I-70.

Both truck drivers, identified as Ali Bashir, 31, of Columbus Ohio, and 69-year-old Edward Baumgardner of Thurmont, were taken to Howard County General Hospital by ambulance.

Right now detectives believe the Jaguar was first hit head on by Bashir's truck, which caused the Jaguar to become disabled, and get struck by Baumgardner's truck.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team has taken over the case and will conduct a crash reconstruction report, to determine what happened.

Police say two eastbound lanes on I-70 remain closed as the investigation continues.