An FBI agent and a state fire marshal’s office official died Friday night after they were struck by a car at the scene of a crash on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, Maryland State Police said.

State police said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33, called the Rockville barrack around 10 p.m. to report a single-vehicle crash in the fast lane of southbound I-270 near Gude Drive. Cohen blocked the crash scene with his personal vehicle and activated his emergency flashers, reports WBAL.

The driver of the damaged car was FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36. Both men moved to stand in the shoulder while waiting for assistance to arrive, state police said.

State police said an oncoming car swerved to the left, apparently to avoid the stopped vehicles, and struck both men on the shoulder of the highway. Both men were thrown over the jersey wall onto the northbound side of I-270, where Cohen was struck by another car.

“They were standing there when a southbound vehicle swerved onto the shoulder and struck both of them and propelled both of their bodies over the jersey wall into the northbound lanes of I-270,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. William Pallozzi said.

 

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