Pregnant Woman Among Five Killed in Maryland Crash

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NBCWashington.com

Two children and three adults, including a pregnant woman, died in a crash in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, Saturday morning, Maryland State Police confirmed.

A family of five from Greenbush, Virginia, was traveling westbound on Route 50 in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza when a tractor-trailer heading south on Route 213 struck the passenger side about 1:15 a.m. The tractor-trailer apparently rolled over the car.

Sisters Zarissa and Regina Ayres, Regina's boyfriend Travis Stratton, their 2-month-old son Jonathan, and Regina's 7-year-old daughter Jordan were on a trip to Baltimore to visit family, police said.

Regina Ayres, 24; Stratton, 25; and the two children were pronounced dead at the scene. Zarissa Ayres, 30, was taken to a hospital where she and her unborn child were pronounced dead.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 28-year-old Yvenet Mayette, was believed to be headed home to Wilmington, Delaware, after picking up 44,000 pounds of polyfiber in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday afternoon. He was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he is being treated.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor. It's unclear which vehicle had a green light.

Route 50 reopened about 9:30 a.m.

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