ROCKVILLE, MD (WBFF) — Two off-duty officers are dead following a multi-vehicle crash on I-270 in Montgomery County Friday night.
Officials identified the fist victim as Deputy Chief State Fire Marshall Sander Cohen, 33, of the Office of the State Fire Marshall. The second victim has been identified as Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by state police.
Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, Pete Piringer posted a tweet Saturday morning regarding the accident
Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Pete Piringer posted a tweet Saturday morning regarding the accidentAccording to Maryland State Police, around 10 p.m. an off-duty officer called in to report being on scene of a single vehicle crash in the fast lane of southbound I-270, north of Gude Drive.
Officials state the officer requested assistance and blocked off the damage vehicle with his personal vehicle and activated his emergency lights which placed him in an official capacity.
The off-duty officer and the driver, also a law enforcement officer moved to the shoulder where they were standing when another vehicle approached the scene.
State Police say that vehicle swerved trying to avoid the stopped vehicles and struck both men on the shoulder.
Both men were thrown over the jersey wall to the northbound side of I-270, where at least one of them was struck by another vehicle.
One of the off-duty officers was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to police, three people in the striking vehicle in the southbound lane were transported to an area hospital. The driver of the second striking vehicle reported no injuries.
The causes of the initial crashes remain under investigation but police state say there is no preliminary indication of alcohol involved.
The Maryland State Police Crash team will continue to investigate and will present it to the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office for review.