Crash is 2nd wrong-way collision in 2 months near Chesapeake Bay Bridge

WASHINGTON — Wednesday morning’s deadly crash caused by a wrong-way driver is the second such collision in two months on U.S. 50 near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

But there are key differences between the two crashes that each took two lives.

Wednesday’s wrong-way crash happened about a half-mile from the similar crash that occurred May 17.

“A young woman was killed who was going the wrong way on Route 50, but that happened in the early afternoon,” said Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, regarding the May crash near Maryland Route 2. That crash also killed the driver of the oncoming car.

Wednesday’s crash occurred in the early morning, about 2 a.m.

Police also said that Wednesday’s wrong-way driver was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The wrong-way driver was going westbound in the eastbound lanes in the May 17 crash.

After the May crash, state traffic engineers inspected the signs and pavement markings in the area of the crash. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, engineers found that the signage and roadway markings met safety standards meant to prevent wrong-way travel on the busy highway.

Both accidents remain under investigation.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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