2 dead, 2 injured after 3-vehicle crash caused by wrong-way driver on I-295 in SE DC

D.C. police say two people are dead and at least two have been taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash caused by a driver heading in the wrong direction in Southeast D.C.

Police identified 36-year-old Lance Antonio Way, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and 53-year-old Aubrey Wimbish Jr., of Southeast D.C., as the two people who were killed in the crash.

It happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 before Howard Road around 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Police said that the driver of a Kia Optima was traveling northbound on the southbound lanes and struck a Mercedes Benz head on. The driver of the Kia then struck a Toyota Corolla.

During these crashes, the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban tried to avoid the collisions by making an evasive maneuver. The driver of the Chevy lost control and crashed into a concrete barrier.

The driver of the Chevy was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Kia was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead. The occupants of the Mercedes and the passenger in the Chevrolet were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, police said in a news release.

 

The crash caused traffic diversions on I-295 for hours Friday morning.

This accident is the third major accident in recent days to close a major highway in the D.C. area. A tractor trailer crash caused traffic troubles on the Beltway Thursday afternoon and a chain reaction crash also caused eastbound lanes of I-66 to close.

Police ask anyone with information on the crash to call 202-727-9099.

Below is a map of the area of the crash.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

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