State Highway employee killed in accident, another injured

Troopers urge observance of Move Over Law.

PARKVILLE, Md. - One Maryland State Highway Administration employee is dead and another is undergoing treatment at Shock Trauma after a car traveling on the highway crashed into their worksite, according to Maryland State Police. 

Eddie L. Gilyard, a 25-year veteran of the State Highway Administration, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 50 years old. Nathan Brown, a 38-year-old Middle River man, remains at Shock Trauma. 

"We are very saddened," Valerie Burnette Edgar, an SHA spokeswoman said. "Our prayers are with the employee who is still in the hospital." 

SHA issued a statement following the accident:

"The SHA family is stunned and saddened by this tragic incident, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and support to the Gilyard family as well as our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Brown and his family," said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. "Every day, thousands of hard working and dedicated women and men put their lives on the line in roadway work zones all across the state. This is a heartbreaking reminder of the hazards faced by our dedicated workers.  While this crash is under investigation, it is imperative that we remind drivers to slow down and stay alert when approaching any area where people are working."

Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black said the accident occurred shortly afternoon 11 a.m. 

"For reasons unknown at this time a gold Volvo left the roadway striking one of the construction workers," Black said. 

The SHA employees were fixing a sign on the side of Interstate 695 near the Belair Road exit. The driver of the Volvo, 61-year-old Mary Levy, of Pikesville, was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation for injuries sustained in the crash. 

Black stressed the need for drivers to observe the Move Over Law in the wake of several severe and fatal accidents in Maryland

"They were on the side of the roadway, lights flashing, in a safe area," Black said. "If that person moved over or even slowed down we would not have had this tragedy." 

The interstate was closed for about two hours Thursday. 

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