CHURCH HILL — Two women were killed in a crash Monday morning, Oct. 19, on U.S. Route 301 at the Bay Country Welcome Center.
Police and emergency medical personnel responded to reports of a serious crash at 7:20 a.m. Maryland State Police said the preliminary investigation found a rented Kia Sorento was traveling north on 301 when it struck a tractor trailer that was turning left onto northbound 301 from the welcome center.
The Kia Sorento drove under and became wedged beneath the trailer portion of the tractor trailer, police said. The four occupants, all from Massachusetts, were entrapped and needed to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders.
The rear driver side passenger, Knijia Sailsman, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver, Brianna Osteen, 20, was flown by medevac helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was pronounced dead.
Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company Paramedic 40 transported front right passenger, Desiree Sailsman, 19, and a male juvenile who was the rear right passenger to University of Maryland Shore Regional Medical Center at Easton with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Cpl. C. Fike, who had just come from the hospital Monday afternoon, said both Desiree Sailsman and the boy were fine, having sustained only minor injuries. Three of the people in the Kia were members of the same family.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Danny Gouge, 69, was not injured in the crash, police said.
Northbound Route 301 was closed for approximately five hours while the MSP Crash Team reconstructed the accident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
“It was foggy this morning,” Fike said, but added he was unsure of conditions at the time of the crash.
In addition to Maryland State Police, Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services, Goodwill, Church Hill, and Sudlersville volunteer fire companies, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and State Highway Administration all responded to help with the accident.