BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Three people were killed and two were injured in a head-on crash Monday afternoon in Bel Air, police said.

Maryland State Police said the two-vehicle crash happened around 1:40 p.m. on the Bel Air bypass on Route 1 near Rock Spring Road. Mary Yvonne Mejia, 54, was driving a Toyota SUV heading north on the bypass.

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Investigators currently believe Mejia crossed into the southbound lane and hit a Honda sedan in the opposite lane after attempting to pass another vehicle.

Investigators currently believe the driver of the Toyota was attempting to pass another vehicle when they crossed into the oncoming lane.

Troopers, who were the first on the scene, used fire extinguishers to slow the fire, and then pulled out three occupants.

“The troopers didn’t hesitate. They saw that people were in danger,” said Maryland State Police Spokesperson, Ron Snyder.

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One of the occupants, identified as Mary Catherine Blosse, 73, of Bel Air, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The two remaining occupants of the Toyota, Mejia and Victoria Lynn Kendall, 53, of Baltimore were flown to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kendall is in critical condition, the hospital told WJZ.

Both occupants of the Honda were pronounced dead on the scene. They were identified as Craig Charles Faunce, 34, and Allison Mae Faunce, 35, both of Joppa.

“Anyone who’s lost a loved one to stuff like that, that’s just hard on the heart so I send love to those families,” said Bel Air resident Tess Marianetti.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, police said.

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