A small plane that had just taken off from Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland and then went down on U.S. Route 50 and struck a car traveling on the highway late Thursday morning, Sept. 12.
Prince George’s County Fire officials said four people were injured. Two adults in the silver sedan, Ryan McClain, 29, of Washington D.C., and his passenger, Eric Diprospero, 31, of Baltimore, were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The pilot, Julius Tolson Jr., 58, of Laurel, and the passenger of the plane, Michael Garrah, 57, of Columbia, Md., were treated at the scene.
State police said investigators believe the pilot was attempting to land at Freeway Airport nearby and misjudged the landing. The exact cause of the crash, which happened about 11:20 a.m. Thursday, is still unknown.
The crash did not cause a fire or spill any fuel, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale said.
“A miracle today here in Prince George’s County … No fire, no fuel spillage at all,” he said. “So yes, we’re very fortunate today.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the scene to investigate the crash.
Traffic is passing in the right lanes, but there’s a slowdown with the police response and motorists slow down to look. The Maryland State Highway Administration said two left lanes on eastbound Route 50 were closed and one lane on westbound Route 50 was closed.
#UPDATE @mdsp are investigating after a small plane crashed into at least one passenger vehicle on Route 50 late this morning in Prince George’s County. FULL RELEASE >> https://t.co/hi1MWTqmEk @FAANews @NTSB @PGFDNews @PGFDPIO
— MD State Police (@MDSP) September 12, 2019
Initial reports of a small aircraft down on Route 50 near Freeway Airport in Bowie. Preliminary information includes plane hit a vehicle. There are 4 injuries and no entrapment. @pgfdnews Yourishin is on the way and will update as soon as possible. #PGFD @MDSP
— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) September 12, 2019