Route 28 reopens in Montgomery County, further delays expected

Updated at 11:12 a.m.

Montgomery County police identified the driver killed when his car overturned on Route 28 early Thursday morning as Kenneth James Lovelett, 58.

In a statement, police said that Lovelett was driving eastbound when his car crossed the center line, drove through the westbound lane and off the road, struck a power pole, and flipped. Police said that Lovelett was not wearing a seatbelt, and there were no known witnesses to the crash.

Updated at 9:59 a.m.

Route 28 has reopened following a fatal crash overnight, but traffic on the road will be restricted again later today as utility workers repair a power pole damaged in the accident.

Police said that the investigation into the accident — in which a car flipped over, struck a power pole, and broke the pole in half — was completed by 9 a.m., about five hours after the crash. By 10 a.m., the two-mile stretch of Route 28 that had been closed in western Montgomery County was open again.

But police said that once additional utility equipment arrives, all but one lane of Route 28 will close again. Alternating traffic will be allowed to pass through the one open lane.

Updated at 6:40 a.m.

The intersection of Routes 28 and 109 was closed Thursday morning after a fatal car accident.

A car flipped over on Route 28 around 4 a.m., killing a person inside. A Montgomery County police officer said that police had no further information about the victim and had not identified the cause of the crash, which involved only one car.

Route 28 was closed between Martinsburg Road and Beallsville Road, a two-mile stretch west of I-270, two and a half hours after the crash. A police officer said the road would remain closed indefinitely during the investigation of the crash.

Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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