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Small plane crashes in Bowie, four injured

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 9/12/2019 Maryland State Police:(MITCHELLVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating after a small plane crashed into at least one passenger vehicle on Route 50 late this morning in Prince George’s County.

Around 11:20 a.m. this morning, troopers from the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack responded to eastbound Route 50 at Church Road on a report of a small plane crash on the highway. The pilot of the plane, identified as Julius Tolson, Jr., 58, of Laurel, Maryland, and the passenger of the plane, Michael Garrah, 57, of Columbia, Maryland, were treated at the scene. The driver of the passenger vehicle, Ryan McClain, 29, of Washington D.C., and his passenger, Eric Diprospero, 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, were transported by Prince George’s County Fire and EMS crew members to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Route 50 was partially closed in both eastbound and westbound directions following the crash. According to a preliminary investigation, the plane was attempting to take off from nearby Freeway Airport at the time of the crash. The exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were heading to the scene to investigate the crash.


Bowie, MD- A small plane has crashed on US Route 50 at Church Road in Bowie, MD. It appears that the plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Freeway Airport. There are four injuries reported with no entrapment according to Prince George’s County Fire Department Public Information Officer Mark Brady. The plane appears to have hit one vehicle.

Maryland Route 50 delayed in both directions near Church Road due to an accident.  Avoid the area if possible. 

Watch for emergency vehicles, personnel, and expect delays.

This is a developing story.


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