WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - D.C. police have released the identities of two people who were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 Southbound in Southeast D.C. early Friday morning.
Authorities said the crash happened just at about 2:20 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-295 near the Howard Road exit.
According to witnesses and a source familiar with the investigation, the wrong-way driver, in a white KIA, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when they struck a Mercedes which then struck a Chevrolet Suburban.
The Suburban burst into flames and the driver became trapped inside and died, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. Sources said the wrong-way driver in the KIA also died.
Police identified the people who were killed as 36-year-old Lance Antonio Way, of Silver Spring and 53-year-old Aubrey Wimbish, of Southeast.
A police spokesperson did not know who was in which vehicle.
FOX 5 has reached out to police for clarification.
Four other victims were injured and rushed to a hospital in critical and serious conditions, according to officials.
A witness who first heard the crash from his home on Chicago Street told FOX 5 he looked out and saw the vehicles in the road. About a minute later, the witness said the Suburban went up in flames.
The witness said several people tried to get the driver out of the vehicle before it was consumed by flames.
It remains unclear where the driver of the KIA first got onto the roadway going in the wrong direction.