Maryland State Police have confirmed the deaths of two people in a six-vehicle accident that happened on the eastbound side of Interstate 70 in Frederick County early Saturday morning.
Police say that the accident occurred while traffic was stopped for an unrelated incident shortly before 5:00 a.m. The preliminary investigation indicates that the initial collision was caused by a white Chevrolet 3500 van, which rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and forced it to spin out of control into the median. That crash apparently caused a chain reaction of collisions involving four other vehicles.
In all, twelve persons were involved in the crash and eight additional injuries were reported.
The dead were identified as 33-year-old Selly Tle Sin Kai and 46-year-old Anis Mawi, both of Frederick. Police say that both victims were in the rear seat of the Corolla when it was rear-ended and that neither were wearing seat belts.
The injured were taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown and Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Interstate 70 was re-opened to traffic at 10:30 Saturday morning. Police say that no charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing.