Two teenagers have died after a crash on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County Saturday afternoon -- a crash that also killed the father of one of the teens.
Susannah Badders, 19, of Manchester, and Jason Simpkins, 19, of Ellicott City, were pronounced dead Sunday, one day after the crash. Both teens had been transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Raymond Badders, 63, of Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene. He is Susannah's father.
Maryland State Police investigators said a line of traffic was stopped due to a prior accident in the merge lane from southbound I-97 to eastbound Route 50 shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Another car, a Nissan X-Terra, traveling along Route 50 apparently did not see the stopped traffic, swerved and struck a stopped vehicle, a Toyota Corolla.
The force of the crash caused the Nissan to overturn and pushed to Toyota into a Jeep Cherokee that was ahead of it.
The three people killed were passengers in the Toyota.
Travis Ala, 28, was the driver of the Nissan, and was taken to Anne Arundel County Medical Center where he was treated and released. The Nissan is registered to the Takoma Park Police Department, where Ala is employed as a police officer. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.
Two people in the Jeep Cherokee were uninjured.
Eastbound Route 50 was closed for nearly five hours for investigation and clean-up.