Five children between 5 and 15 years old died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday in Bowie, Maryland, in the area of Pointer Ridge Drive. Two adults were hurt.
The car they were riding in crashed into several trees, police said. The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica traveling northbound on Route 301 in Prince George's County went off the road for unknown reasons. The children were ejected in the crash. They died at the scene. Three of them were from Washington. The driver was Dominique R. Taylor, 32, of Bowie. She was the mother of two of the children. Twenty-three-year Cornell Simon of Oxon Hill is believed to have been a front-seat passenger. The adults are being treated at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. Simon is in critical condition.
Maryland State Police troopers say in a news release that the single-vehicle crash happened before 5 a.m. Maryland Gov. The crash closed northbound U.S. 301 for roughly six hours as police investigated. Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted: "Deeply saddened by this tragic auto accident in Prince George's County. Praying for everyone involved, including first responders." Maryland authorities say they are investigating. For reasons unknown at this time, the preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and into the wood line along the highway.