Three people were killed in traffic accidents on Maryland highways yesterday, two of them the occupants of a Cadillac from Florida that was hit in a chain-reaction crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County.
The other victim was a man who died after being ejected from a van on U.S. Route 50 at the Patuxent River Bridge in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County
State police said two men and two children were injured and a third man was killed when a 1989 Mazda van ran out of control on the rain-slicked surface of the John Hanson Highway about 7:45 a.m. yesterday. None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, police said.
Killed in the single-vehicle crash was William Frederick Carter Jr., 33, of the 1500 block of Long Point Road in Pasadena, police said. Mr. Carter was ejected from the vehicle as it ricocheted between a guardrail and a concrete highway barrier.
Also hurt in the accident was Daniel Tyler, 28, of Upton Road in Glen Burnie, although police did not know how badly he was hurt or where he was treated.
Mr. Tyler's son, Joseph Tyler Jr., 4, also of the Glen Burnie address, was released after treatment at Prince George's Hospital Center, and his 8-year-old sister, Brittany Tyler, was in critical condition last night at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington.
The driver of the van, Melvin Beall Jr., 33, of Neptune Place in Annapolis was released from Prince George's Hospital Center. Officials identified him as an uncle of the Tyler children.
Anne Arundel County
Two people traveling in a Cadillac with a Florida registration were declared dead at the scene of a multivehicle accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, U.S. Park Police reported.
Investigators said the victims -- whose names were not released until their families were notified -- were hit in the rear by a Chevrolet Blazer, which set off a chain-reaction collision near Laurel about 2:20 p.m.
The southbound Cadillac was pushed into northbound traffic, where it hit two other vehicles. A fifth car that swerved to avoid the vehicles hit a tree.