Reporting Mike Hellgren
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Three teens and a 55-year old man are all killed when a driver goes the wrong way on Route 50. Now police are releasing 911 calls from witnesses who tried to stop it.
Mike Hellgren has new insight into the investigation.
At Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters, at least a dozen 911 calls came in from frantic people startled to see a car going down the wrong way down a divided highway.
You can hear first responders as they rush to the scene of mangled cars on US 50. The wreck was so bad one of those cars burst into flames.
“It doesn’t look like he’s weaving. It just looks like somebody got on the wrong side of the highway and there’s no traffic and they don’t realize it,” one caller said.
Four people died, including three teenagers—recent graduates of Severna Park and Meade high schools.
According to published reports, 19-year-old Brittany Walker was with two friends in her Chrysler driving the wrong way early Saturday morning. She was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-97 and somehow continued the wrong way on busy US 50, heading west in the eastbound lanes and colliding head-on with a BMW.
Terry Davis, 55, of Severna Park was behind the wheel. He died of his injuries at the hospital. Walker and her two 18-year-old friends, Breanna France and Zachary Rose, also died in the crash.
State police are investigating how someone could go so many miles in the wrong lane on this particular stretch of highway.
“I drive it every day. It’s terrible. It’s horrible to hear that something like that can happen ’cause you can just imagine that if something like that happens it’s a slim chance of survival that’s for sure,” said a Anne Arundel County resident.
State police are waiting for toxicology tests to come back. They tell WJZ that speed was a factor. But they say they can’t say if excessive speed was factor in the crash.
Now four families are planning funerals for one of the deadliest crashes in the area in recent memory.
It could take weeks before police finish investigating what happened.