The victim has not been positively identified at this time. He is described as an adult male. He was transported by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel from the scene, but was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. today, Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack received 911 calls reporting someone had jumped from an overpass and a body was in the roadway on southbound I-295 at the Wright Road overpass. Responding troopers found the victim lying in the fast lane of I-295. All lanes of I-295 were closed to permit EMS personnel to respond and police investigators to conduct an investigation.
Troopers found a sport utility vehicle parked directly above I-295 on the Wright Road overpass. Footprints were found on the hood of the car indicating someone walked across the hood of the vehicle to gain access to the fence along the overpass. Troopers believe the vehicle belongs to the man who jumped from the bridge.
It is unknown at this time if the man was struck by any vehicles on southbound I-295 after he jumped. Troopers are investigating that possibility and will await autopsy results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where the victim’s body will be taken. No drivers remained at the scene to report they had struck the body.
Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack are being assisted by State Police criminal investigators from the barrack, State Police CRASH Team investigators, and Anne Arundel County Police crash investigators and patrol officers. State Highway Administration personnel have responded to assist with lane closures and detours.
As of 5:00 p.m., the slow lane of southbound I-295 has been reopened. Lanes one and two remain closed and may be closed for the next two hours.
Anyone who witnessed this incident occur is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at 410-761-5130, ext 0.
The victim’s name will not be released until he is positively identified and his family has been notified. He may not be positively identified until after the autopsy tomorrow.
The investigation is continuing.