3 dead, in a multi-car crash on Route 50 in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS - A multi-car crash Saturday afternoon killed three people in Anne Arundel County.  

Preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates that one car, a Toyota 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. 

Another car, a Nissan X-Terra was eastbound on Rt. 50 in lane three.  Evidence indicates the driver, 28 year old Travis M. Ala, apparently did not observe the stopped traffic in time to stop and he 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 a Jeep Cherokee that was ahead of it. 

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

Glen Burnie State Police Barracks confirmed that both Susannah Badders and Jason Simpkins died at the hospital Sunday.

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.  

The extensive crash scene and rescue operation required the closure of eastbound Rt. 50.  Detours were set up by SHA personnel.  

Eastbound Rt. 50 was reopened around 8:30 Saturday evening.

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