Virginia Man, Maryland Woman Killed in Wrong-Way Crash in Annapolis, Police Say

A Northern Virginia man and a Maryland woman who was apparently driving the wrong way died in a head-on crash Wednesday morning, police said.

Maryland State Police say troopers received reports of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Route 50 in Annapolis, Maryland, just after 2 a.m. Moments later, a trooper in the area found a crash involving three vehicles near Bay Dale Drive.

Police say Christine Parks, 31, of Severn, Maryland, was driving the wrong way when she hit a Honda Civic head-on, according to a preliminary investigation.

The Civic spun into the middle lane, where it was struck by a third car.

Both Parks and the driver of the Civic, 34-year-old Hui Xu, of Herndon, Virginia, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two people in the third car were treated at a hospital and released.

Police said alcoholic beverage containers were found in Parks' car, and alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor in the crash. However, the cause and contributing factors of the crash have not been determined, they said. Speed is not believed to be a factor, they said.


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Investigators haven't yet been able to determine where Parks entered the westbound lanes, police said.

Route 50 westbound was closed between Cape St. Claire Road and Bay Dale Drive for hours.

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