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One person killed, 4 injured in Montgomery County crash early Sunday

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A man was killed and four people were injured in a car crash in Germantown early Sunday, Montgomery County officials said.

Police identified the victim as Resham Lal, 51, of Germantown.

An initial investigation by police found that Lal, who was driving a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, was making a left turn onto Plummer Drive from Frederick Road when he struck a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S that was traveling south on Frederick Road. Lal was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash, which occured around 1:30 a.m., caused the Toyota, which was carrying four people, to be pushed into the carport of a nearby home, where it caught fire, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

More than 60 firefighters arrived on the scene, he said.

The four people in the Toyota were transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, officials said. Lal was alone in his vehicle.

The fire in the carport was quickly controlled; the owners were not at home.

Detectives are investigating the cause of the crash. The intersection was closed for several hours Sunday morning but reopened by 8:30 a.m., authorities said.

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