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2 elderly people dead, 1 injured after car crashes into parked vehicles in Aspen Hill

Police found the car "fully engulfed" in flames, with the three people trapped inside.

ASPEN HILL, Md. — Two elderly people are dead and one is suffering life-threatening injuries after a car crashed into multiple parked cars Friday afternoon, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer tells WUSA9 the crash happened on Park Vista Drive near Hatteras Way and Running Ridge Lane just before 5:30 p.m. 

Witnesses told 911 that a vehicle was on fire and that the driver and two passengers were still inside, the Montgomery County Police Department said.

The 2018 Toyota Avalon was driving east on Park Vista Drive approaching Hatteras Way when it crossed the double yellow line and crashed into an empty parked vehicle, investigators said.

Police and fire rescue said they found the vehicle "fully engulfed in flames" with the three people inside. The officers used multiple fire extinguishers while Fire and Rescue were on their way to the scene, police said.

Despite life-saving attempts, police said the two passengers were pronounced dead at the location of the crash.

The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.

The passengers were identified as Martha Luise Ross, age 78, and Joan Williams Jenkins, age 91, of the same apartment building in North Leisure World Boulevard.

Police said the driver of the Avalon is Karl Neil Ross, age 86, of the same boulevard.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

This is a developing story that will be updated once more information becomes available. Stay with WUSA9 for the latest.

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