MSP: Wrong-way driver killed in crash on US-50 in Annapolis, infant flown to hospital
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) – A fatal accident was reported on US-50 in Annapolis on Wednesday afternoon.
Maryland State Police (MSP) investigators say the crash happened after a 22-year-old Salisbury woman, driving westbound in the eastbound lanes, struck another vehicle head-on.
The wrong-way driver was killed and a 14-month-old boy, who was also in the car, was flown to Johns Hopkins for treatment.
MSP identified the deceased as Laura Ashley Murphy.
The crash happened near Rt-2 and the driver of the second vehicle was flown to Shock Trauma for treatment.
According to Anne Arundel County fire department spokesperson Russ Davies, the pediatric patient was critically injured and the driver of the second vehicle was "severely trapped."
All eastbound lanes were closed at Exit 27, as well as westbound lanes, and traffic was rerouted onto Rowe Boulevard and the Naval Academy Bridge from US-50.
A third car was also involved, MSP noted, but the driver was uninjured.
"Shortly before 1:30 p.m. today, troopers from the Annapolis barrack responded to multiple calls reporting a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on Rt. 50 at Route 2, in Annapolis," MSP wrote in a release. "As troopers dispatched, additional calls were received reporting the crash. Arriving troopers found fire and rescue personnel on the scene attending to the victim, who was pronounced deceased on the scene."
The crash remains under investigation; police say it is still unknown where Murphy initially entered onto Route 50.
Investigators were still on the scene at 4 p.m.