LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — A man is dead after crashing a vehicle on Interstate 95 while leading police on a high-speed chase near Laurel Thursday afternoon, police said.

Howard County Police said officers were called to the 9100 block of All Saints Road around 2:17 p.m. for a report of drug activity in a vehicle.

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When officers arrived, the driver reportedly sped off, getting onto northbound Interstate 95 at Route 216. The driver then tried to make an illegal U-turn onto southbound I-95, lost control and was hit by a tractor-trailer.

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Howard County Police identified the driver as 24-year-old Malik Emmanual Britton of Laurel. Jonathan Asare Somuah of Silver Spring was identified as the passenger. Both succumbed to their injuries.

The tractor-trailer driver and the driver of a third vehicle that was run off the road by the chase were both taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

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Interstate 95, which was closed for hours as police investigated the crash, reopened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.