1 dead following fiery crash in Gaithersburg

Scene of deadly car crash
Wreckage from the scene of a deadly car crash in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service/Pete Piringer)

One person is dead and two others are injured following an early morning single-vehicle car crash in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The collision happened on Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard near Midcounty Highway in Gaithersburg at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday, according to Montgomery County police.

The car, a 2016 BMW 328i, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted.

A preliminary investigation found that the BMW was going west on Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard when the car left the roadway, striking a sign first and then a tree. The car caught on fire and was fully engulfed with the driver still inside.

Two passengers of in the car were able to get out and were found by the first officers on scene near the area of the crash.

The driver of the BMW, Jorge Arturo Castro, 26, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died at the scene, according to police.

The two passengers in the car were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Piringer. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Below is a map of the area:

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner contributed to this report. 

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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