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Woman driving wrong way on Rt. 50 killed in head-on collision, along with other driver

Woman driving wrong way on Rt. 50 killed in head-on collision, along with other driver. (SkyTrack7)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJLA) - A woman who was driving westbound on eastbound U.S. Rt. 50 causing a head on-crash has died along with the driver of another vehicle in Anne Arundel County Wednesday afternoon, according to the Maryland State Police.

A 14-month-old baby boy in the woman's SUV was flown to a trauma center by a state police helicopter.

Laura Ashley Murphy, 22, of Salisbury, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was driving a black 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, police say.

The silver 2016 Mercedes SUV the woman hit ended up in the woods next to the highway on its side. Shortly after 4 p.m., about two-and-a-half hours after the crash, rescuers extricated the trapped driver, 66-year-old Robert Skidmore, who was also flown to a hospital by a second police helicopter. Authorities reported Skidmore was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A third vehicle, a 2016 Nissan 350-Z, driven by Anthony Stanley, 59, of Bowie, was also involved and had minor damage. Stanley was uninjured, police say.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., troopers responded to multiple calls of a driver going the wrong way on Rt. 50 and then received calls about the crash, according to a statement from the Maryland State Police.

Fire and rescue personnel also responded to the crash.

Click here to see photos from the scene.

The crash happened about one-quarter mile east of the Severn River Bridge, but police don’t know where Murphy entered the highway going the wrong way.

Both sides of U.S. 50 just past Maryland Rt. 2 at Exit 27 Ritchie Highway were closed, authorities say. Two westbound lanes were reopened after 4 p.m. By 6 p.m. police had reopened eastbound travel lanes on Rt. 50.

Motorists can get updated traffic advisories at 511md.org or can call 511.


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