BOWIE, Md. (ABC7) — Maryland State Police are investigating a crash that killed five children who were ejected from a vehicle Saturday morning in Prince George's County.
Police tweeted Saturday morning that they were on the scene of a single vehicle crash on Route 301 near Pointer Ridge Drive in Bowie shortly before 5 a.m. The driver of the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica veered off the side of the road, hitting several trees, a preliminary investigation revealed.
While on the scene, Prince George's County Fire Department confirmed fatalities.
Police said the five children were thrown from the car as it hit the trees and spun out into a field. The five children were pronounced dead at the scene. According to authorities, it appears the driver suffered a medical emergency that led to the crash.
The children in crash have been identified as 5-year-old Paris Dixon and 8-year-old London Dixon, both from Bowie and 6-year-old Rickelle Ricks, 14-year-old Zion Beard and 15-year-old Damari Heraldall, all from Washington, D.C.
Additionally, investigators said they believe some of the children in the car were not wearing safety belts. The driver, 32-year-old Dominique Taylor of Bowie, the mother of two of the children, was sent to a hospital. An update Sunday morning said she has been released from the hospital.
A passenger, 23-year-old Cornell Simon, of Oxon Hill, also was sent to an area hospital where he is in critical condition, according to police.
"Every collision where we lose life is a tragedy," Maryland State Trooper Capt. Daniel Pickett said. "And where children are involved, it's more of a tragedy."
All northbound lanes on Route 301 were closed up until 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The children are believed to have been positioned in the rear seats of the vehicle.