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2 dead in head-on crash in Beltsville

Friday - 12/14/2012, 1:33pm  ET

car fatal in Beltsville (WTOP/Kristi King)
The remains of the car are seen before they are removed from the crash site. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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WASHINGTON - U.S. 1/Baltimore Avenue at Powder Mill Road in Beltsville has reopened, more than seven hours after a head-on crash that left two people dead.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Darryl Clark says a car, believed to be a Camero, was heading south on U.S. 1 when it crossed the double line and struck a flat bed tow truck head-on.

When the crash occurred at at 1:38 a.m. Friday, the car burst into flames and the driver was ejected. A passenger was trapped in the car, Clark says.

Both people in the car died.

Speed played a role in the crash, police say.

The tow truck driver taken to Prince George's Hospital Center. He is expected to survive.

WTOP's Kristi King contributed to this story. Follow @kingWTOP, @WTOPTraffic and@WTOP on Twitter.

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