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Small airplane crashes into car on Route 50 in Maryland; 4 injured

A small plane struck a vehicle on eastbound Route 50 in Bowie, MD.  Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (ABC7 photo){ }{p}{/p}
A small plane struck a vehicle on eastbound Route 50 in Bowie, MD. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (ABC7 photo)

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BOWIE, Md. (WJLA) -A small airplane crashed into a car on Route 50 near Freeway Airport Thursday in Bowie, Maryland.

Prince George's County Fire officials say four people have been injured. Two adults in the car were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The pilot of the plane and his passenger were treated at the scene.

Maryland State Police later identified the pilot of the plane as Julius Tolson, Jr., 58, of Laurel, Maryland, and the passenger of the plane, Michael Garrah, 57, of Columbia, Maryland, along with the driver of the passenger vehicle, Ryan McClain, 29, of Washington D.C., and his passenger, Eric Diprospero, 31, of Baltimore, Maryland,

WATCH: ABC7's Brad Bell talks with the pilot and his passenger about what went wrong:

WATCH: Two days before Thursday’s plane crash, the Prince George’s County Council discussed the possibility of closing down Freeway Airport. ABC7’s Caroline Patrickis talks with neighbors who live near the end of the runway who come down on both sides of the idea of closing it:

Two eastbound left lanes and one westbound lane were closed on Route 50. After hours of heavy traffic delays, the lanes were reopened mid-afternoon.

The FAA says the aircraft departed from Freeway Airport. Maryland State Police believe the pilot misjudged the landing prior to the crash.

According to the aircraft registration, the plane is a Mooney M20J and it's registered to Derrick A. Early of Greenbelt, Maryland.

FAA officials say they're investigating the accident.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

SkyTrak7 captured the scene.

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