One dead after crash in Laurel

Police have identified the driver who died after Thursday collision between a tractor trailer and a box truck in Laurel.

The crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. in the 13500 block of Virginia Manor Road, police said. Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George’s County police spokesman, said the box truck was traveling north and veered into the southbound lane, where it struck the tractor-trailer headed in the opposite direction.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital, where driver of the box truck — Leroy Russell Odom, 44, of Gaithersburg — later died, police said. Tippett said it remains unclear why he swerved into oncoming traffic. Speed and alcohol, he said, do not appear to be factors in the collision.

This post has been updated.

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