Construction Worker Killed on I-695 Friday

This was reportedly the fifth Maryland highway worker killed this year.

I-695 near Liberty Road at 2:18 p.m. (Credit: CHART)
I-695 near Liberty Road at 2:18 p.m. (Credit: CHART)
Traffic jammed the Inner Loop of the beltway Friday afternoon as police investigated a fatal collision involving a highway worker.

John Kahl, a contractor working on I-695, was hit and killed by a vehicle between Exit 18 (Liberty Road) and Exit 19 (I-795), according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Kahl, 54, of Port Deposit, was on the right shoulder of the highway around 2 p.m. when he and a piece of landscaping equipment were struck by a 2001 Ford pickup truck near Liberty Road, according to WBAL TV.

At the time of the collision, Kahl had been clearing trees from the side of the road with two others who were not injured, WJZ reported.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, as the truck "swerved off for no reason," Maryland State Police told WJZ.

In addition to the fatal crash, there was a collision on the beltway by Old Court Road at around the same time, causing "major backups in both directions," according to The Baltimore Sun. Traffic was jammed from I-695 at Liberty Road to the I-95 interchange for several hours Friday afternoon, CBS DC reported.

Charges were pending against the 54-year-old Marriottsville man driving the truck that hit Kahl, according to WBAL.

Kahl was the fifth state highway worker killed in the last year, WJZ said.

Related: SHA: 'Another Person Killed While Working Along a Maryland Highway'
Anthony Fitzwater January 31, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Yes they blocked 3 if the 4 lanes with nothing there! Ridiculous!


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