Two children were killed in a fiery crash on Route 50 at Rt-704 / Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Prince George's County Friday night.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m., a woman driving an Acura was traveling east in the left lane of U.S. Route 50, east of Martin Luther King Highway when she collided with the rear of a 2002 Isuzu Axiom.
Following the collision, the driver of the Isuzu--Mahmoud Sesay, 43, of the 6000 block of Landover Road in Cheverly--walked back to speak with the woman who rear-ended him, Gloria Vindel of the 8000 block of Fulton Avenue in Glenarden. Both vehicles remained in the left lane.
At that point, a 2002 Mercury Marquis traveling in the left lane crashed into the rear of the Acura, pushing it into the median against the center guardrail while simultaneously spinning the Mercury sideways into the center lanes and causing it to burst into flames.
The fire rapidly engulfed the car before two children who were sitting in the back seat could be rescued. Several motorists, including two off-duty police officers and a volunteer firefighter, tried to rescue the children before EMS units arrived, but were unable to due to the heat.
They were pronounced dead on the scene.
The children were identified as Anthony Vindel, 11, and Delonte McKie, 2, of the 8000 block of Fulton Avenue in Glenarden.
All three drivers plus a front seat passenger identified as Dannetta Weedon, 51, of the 16000 block of Governor's Bridge Road in Bowie, were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
Prince George's County EMS responded. Eastbound lanes were closed until 3:30 a.m.
The crash is being investigated, but no charges have yet been filed.
From the ABC7 News helicopter, a smoldering car was visible near the roadway.