UPDATED: Feb. 17, 2015 5:29 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A deadly accident closed Route 97 in both directions for hours Tuesday morning.
Howard County Police say the accident occurred around 9:10 a.m. on Route 97 at the Howard-Montgomery County line near Jennings Chapel Road. The road was plowed and speed was likely a factor, police say.
Preliminary investigation reveals a 2004 Acura RSX was traveling southbound on Route 97 when it came around a curve, left the roadway, entered the right shoulder and encountered a patch of slush, causing the driver to lose control.
The car swerved sideways into the northbound lanes and was struck by a 2006 Ford F-250 pickup truck with a plow on its front.
The driver of the car, 26-year-old Zeyu Zhang, of Timonium, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the identity of the male driver will be released once next-of-kin is notified.
The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as Phillip Saiz, 17, of Glenwood. Two other passengers in the pickup truck, 18-year-old Hayden Dice, of Mt. Airy and 17-year-old Casey Reimer, of Glenwood.
All three occupants were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Zhang was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. Police say it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the collision.
Police are investigating the possibility that excessive speed on approach to the curve may have been a contributing factor in the vehicle going into the shoulder area.
Route between Triadelphia Lake Road and Jennings Chapel Road was closed in both directions from 9:10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
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