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State Police release details on fatal Route 50 accident

| March 21, 2015, 07:17 PM | 0 Comments

Maryland State Police troopers are continuing their investigation into an Anne Arundel County crash this afternoon involving multiple vehicles that killed one person and injured several others.

The deceased is identified as Raymond W. Badders, 63, of Manchester, Md. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Raymond Badders was a passenger in the rear seat of a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by his daughter, Susannah Badders, 19, of Manchester, Md. Jason P. Simpkins, 19, of Ellicott City, was seated in the front passenger seat. Both Susannah Badders and Simpkins were flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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(c) 2015 Glenn A. Miller Photograpy

Travis M. Ala, 28, of Anne Arundel County, is identified as the driver of a 2011 Nissan X-Terra. Ala was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel County Medical Center where he was treated and released. The vehicle he was driving is registered to the Takoma Park Police Department, where Ala is employed as a police officer. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.

A third vehicle involved in the crash was a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The two occupants of that vehicle were uninjured.

At about 2:45 p.m. today, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack were dispatched to a reported crash on eastbound Rt. 50 at the Rt. 665 overpass. Arriving troopers called for assistance from the Maryland State Police Crash Team and State Highway Administration personnel. The extensive crash scene and rescue operation required the closure of eastbound Rt. 50. Detours were set up by SHA personnel.

The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates the Toyota driven by Susannah Badders was in lane four, the merge lane from southbound I-97 to eastbound Rt. 50. The Toyota was stopped in a line of heavy traffic that was caused by a prior accident up ahead at exit 23.

According to the preliminary investigation, Ala was eastbound on Rt. 50 in lane three and apparently did not observe the stopped traffic in time to stop. Evidence indicates Ala swerved to the right and struck the rear of the Toyota. The force of the crash caused the Nissan to overturn and pushed the Toyota into the Jeep Cherokee that was ahead of it.

A detailed crash investigation and reconstruction will be conducted by the State Police Crash Team. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for review regarding charges.

Eastbound Rt. 50 is expected to be reopened by about 8:30 p.m.

Source: Maryland State Police

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