- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 12, 2004

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 24-year-old Belcamp, Md., man and a husband and wife from Manassas were identified yesterday as the victims of a fiery crash on Interstate 95 that closed parts of the highway for nearly 12 hours.

The Tuesday afternoon crash involved two tractor-trailers, two cars and a minivan that collided just north of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry Tunnel and burst into flames, officials said. The southbound section of I-95 was not reopened in its entirety until 4:15 a.m. yesterday.

The three dead were in two of the vehicles, officials said. Four persons survived the crash — two were injured. The drivers of the two trucks escaped unhurt.

Police tentatively identified the Maryland man as Jamison M. Miller — although investigators are awaiting the results of a DNA test and a dental examination before confirming the identity.

Also killed were Kyle A. Smith, 65, and Claire Gertrude Smith, 62, of Manassas. The Smiths were returning home from Connecticut, police said.

Police said one of the tractor-trailers appeared to have run into the minivan, which was sandwiched between it and the rear of the other tractor-trailer.

A car was found lodged under the rear axle of the tractor-trailer that hit the minivan, and another wrecked car was off to the side.

“It’s a mangled mess,” Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Gary McLhinney said Tuesday. “It’s all front-to-rear damage.”

Chief McLhinney, clasping his fingers together for emphasis, described how the trucks “were locked together and had to be pulled off of one another, and the minivan was in between them.”

When firefighters arrived, the minivan was ablaze and the flames had spread to the tractor-trailers, said Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

The two persons in the car jammed under the trailer axle were injured but were expected to survive, police said.

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