Maryland State Police have identified the victims of a three-vehicle crash Sunday on I-95 in Cecil County that killed one and injured six.
The incident happened about 3:20 p.m. just south of the exit for North East Road, or Maryland Route 272, Maryland Transportation Authority officials said.
Aaron Lee Mason, 42, of Fort Royal, Va., was driving a white Ford Expedition with six passengers north on I-95 in the left lane, when he switched lanes and struck a black Chevrolet Silverado, according to police. The Silverado then struck a white Peterbilt tractor trailer in the right lane.
The Ford ran onto the left shoulder and struck a guard rail, ejecting two people from the vehicle. One of the individuals, Katana Graves, 15, of Virginia, was taken by helicopter to Christiana Hospital in Delaware where she later died, according to police.
A GoFundMe page set up for the family of Katana said the group was on the way to a cheerleading competition.
“We never in a million years thought we would have to say goodbye to our baby after only 15 years,” the page states.
Three other passengers, 46-year-old Kathy Shank, 16-year-old Jennifer Shank and 16-year-old Chazden Walker, all of Winchester, Va., were taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital. Two people, 37-year-old Angela Marie Marcello and 14-year-old Khyla Leanne Mason, of Front Royal, Va., were taken by ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital, according to police.
The driver of the Silverado, 55-year-old Howard Windell, of New Jersey, and the driver of the tractor trailer, 43-year-old Christopher Coleman were not injured, police said.
Mason refused treatment at the scene. Drugs, alcohol and speeding are not believed to be factors in the crash, police said.
Northbound I-95 was closed for approximately four hours as a result of the crash, according to police. Traffic was backed up for 5 miles, the MDTA tweeted at 5:13 p.m.