2 teens dead after fiery 3-car crash on I-270 in Montgomery County

Footage of fiery crash on I-270 that left two dead

Two teens were killed in a fiery, three-car crash on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, Maryland, early Friday morning and police are now searching for the driver of a BMW who they said fled the scene.

The two teens have been identified as 17-year-old Luis Isaac Bran, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and 18-year-old Rebeca Gabriela Vasquez Moreno, from El Salvador, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

The two teens, who are believed to be cousins, were passengers in a Toyota RAV4, driven by Bran’s mother, according to state police.

The crash happened Friday shortly before 5 a.m. on I-270 and Falls Road by Exit 6A when the Toyota, which was traveling north on I-270, was struck from behind by the driver of a 2003 silver BMW convertible, which left the scene. The Toyota was then rear-ended a second time by a Ford F-150, which remained on the scene.

The BMW was later found abandoned on the shoulder about half-a-mile north of the where the crash happened, state police said. Investigators are now working to identify the driver.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the Toyota was engulfed in flames. The two teens were trapped inside the car and died at the scene, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

The driver of the Ford refused treatment at the scene.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the second crash.

Roads were closed for about six hours. Anyone with information on what happened should call Maryland State Police at 301-424-2101.

A map of the approximate area where the crash happened is below.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report. 

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Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

Kate Corliss

Kate Corliss is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. She is a senior studying journalism at American University and serves as the Campus Life Editor for the student newspaper, The Eagle.

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