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Woodrow Wilson Bridge crash kills two

Two people are dead after a fiery early-morning crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Maryland State Police responded shortly before 3 a.m. to a three-vehicle crash in the local lanes of the Outer Loop.

According to police, the driver of a 2009 Dodge Charger struck a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt from behind before crashing into the rear of a tractor-trailer. The Dodge then “immediately became engulfed in flames,” according to a police statement.

A rear-seat passenger escaped the vehicle, but the driver and front-seat passenger could not escape and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not publicly identified the deceased victims. The driver of the Cobalt was not injured; the driver of the tractor-trailer and the Dodge’s surviving passenger were taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment.

State Police continue to investigate the crash. The Outer Loop local lanes reopened just after 10 a.m., according to WTOP.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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