Fatalities in Frederick County crash identified

WASHINGTON– Two people were killed in a three-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Frederick County, Maryland.

The accident happened on U.S. 340 near Mount Zion Road just before noon.

According to a news release issued by Maryland State Police, a preliminary investigation showed that a 2004 Ford Expedition driven by 68-year-old Danny Harrah of Williamsport, Md., was traveling eastbound on Rt. 340 when, according to witnesses, it went out of control and crossed the center median and into the westbound lanes. The Ford subsequently struck a 2012 Toyota Prius and then a 2013 Honda Pilot traveling in those westbound lanes.

Harrah was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the 2012 Toyota also died at the scene. She has been identified as 44-year-old Patricia Hornick-Rexrode of Hampstead, Md. Her passenger, Charles Rexrode, 40, also of Hampstead, was transported by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

The driver of the 2013 Honda Pilot, Donna Soares, 40, was transported by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital. There were two juvenile passengers with her, including, a 13-year-old female, who was flown Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a 8-year-old male, was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital via ambulance.

All occupants of the 2013 Honda are from Jefferson, MD. An investigation is ongoing.

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