Light Plane Lands on Route 50, Hits Car

Four people were injured today when a light plane landed on Route 50 in Prince George’s County and collided with a car. Maryland State Police say it happened about 11:20 a.m. on eastbound Route 50 at Church Road.

The pilot of the plane, identified as Julius Tolson, Jr., 58, of Laurel, and the passenger of the plane, Michael Garrah, 57, of Columbia, 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, 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.

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