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This article was updated at 3:30 a.m., Aug. 16, 2012.

A Gaithersburg man who was injured in a crash that killed his wife on Interstate 270 near Urbana Sunday has died, according to Maryland State Police.

James Henry Reuschel, 64, died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in the crash that killed his wife, Tracy Ann Reuschel, 60, also from Gaithersburg.

Police believe Tracy Reuschel was killed on impact when her 2009 Subaru hit the rear of a tractor-trailer at about 3:20 p.m. on southbound I-270 at Bennett Creek in Frederick County.

Witnesses saw the couple’s 2009 Subaru Impreza speeding before hitting the rear of the slower-moving tractor-trailer in the right lane, and speed is thought to be a factor in the crash, according to police. Toxicology reports are pending.

James Reuschel, 64, was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore after the crash.

The tractor-trailer driver, Charles Henry Cooke, of Hampton, Va., was not injured. No charges will be filed in the crash because police determined Cooke was not at fault.

The crash backed up traffic on southbound I-270 for several hours while troopers investigated the crash.

rmarshall@gazette.net