Unusual road focus on Route 50 fatal crash


A woman died Wednesday in a wrong-way crash on U.S. Route 50 outside of Annapolis, Maryland, police said.

A woman has died and an infant and man were injured in a auto accident on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County on Wednesday, according to Anne Arundel County fire officials.

The crash occurred on Route 44 at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He was flown by a state police medevac helicopter to Johns Hopkins, where he is now receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

The woman has been identified as Laura Ashley Murphy, 22, of Salisbury. A 14-month-old boy in Murphy's vehicle was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Murphy's vehicle crashed head-on with the Mercedes SUV, which came to rest on the side of the highway in a wooded area. He was flown to Shock Trauma, police said.

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The driver of the Mercedes, Robert Skidmore, 66, of Cape St. Clair, was trapped inside his vehicle. EMS providers on the scene requested a GO-TEAM response.

A third vehicle was involved, driven by Anthony Stanley, 59, of Bowie.

State police said all eastbound lanes of Route 50 will be shut down at least through the evening rush.

"The Jeep travelled across both eastbound lanes, through a grass median area, and entered the westbound side of Route 44, " State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail.

SkyTeam 11 reported that the traffic backups approaching the scene extended for as much as 3 miles in each direction.