The highway was backed up for miles all day Saturday, but it wasn't until you passed the Mt. Zion Road marker that you noticed Maryland State Police redirecting traffic away from the fatal collision.
The accident happened around noon and took the lives of the driver of the car police say was at fault, as well as the driver of the second vehicle. The four other people involved were transported to the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Frederick Memorial hospital.
"One vehicle was on the east bound side of the highway and crossed the median and struck another vehicle head-on and then hit a third vehicle," said Sr. Trooper Greenwood of Md. State Police Frederick.
The state police vehicle reconstruction team remained on the scene for almost six hours in attempts to piece together the cause of the accident.
"The investigation is very preliminary at this point. Essentially we're mapping, diagramming the scene, taking photographic evidence, measuring skid marks, everything that we use to determine what actually occurred," said Trooper Baker of Md. State Police.
Both Danny Harrah, 68, of Williamsport, MD and Patricia Hornick-Rexrode, 44, Hampstead, MD died on the scene. Police say Harrah was the driver at fault. Charlers Rexrode, 40, Hampstead; MD, Donna Soares, 48, Jefferson, MD; and a 13-year-old female were flown to John Hopkins Hospital. Two juvenile passengers were transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital.
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