A 41-year-old Fort Washington woman was killed and her two children injured after her vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic Friday afternoon on Route 295 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland State Police said.
The driver, identified as Katherine K. Grooms, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma, where she was pronounced dead. Her children, Stephen Bard, 9, and Gabril Bard, one month, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital after the multi-vehicle accident, which closed the regular travel lanes of the Baltimore Washington Parkway until 7 p.m., although the shoulder had remained passable.
A truck driver, Eric D. Hause, 50, of Severn was taken to Harbor Hospital for treatment and released.
Police said Grooms was southbound in a 2008 Honda Accord on the Parkway when, for an unknown reason, her car veered across the grass median and into northbound traffic near I-895 shortly after 3 p.m. Her car struck head-on a 2010 Freightline box truck driven by Hause, and it rolled on its side and struck a 2004 Buick driven by Jakin Rankin, 33, of Lanham. He said he was not injured, police said, but his three children, Elijah, 5, Serena, 8, and Javiah, 10, were taken to St. Agnes Hospital.
State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said he did not have the condition of any of the children who were taken to the hospital.
Two other northbound vehicles were struck by debris from the crash, police said. Those drivers were not injured, police said.
The investigation is continuing.