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Plane crash in Bowie injures three, snarls traffic

Three people were injured Monday afternoon – two critically – after a small plane crashed into a wooded area just off of U.S. 50 in Bowie.

Two men were evacuated by helicopter to the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Unit, according to Prince George's County Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis. A third passenger, an adult woman, was in serious condition. She was taken by ambulance to Prince George's Hospital Center.

Francis said the accident occurred at 3:40 p.m. after the small, single-engine plane took off from Freeway Airport in Bowie. The plane crashed into the westbound lanes of U.S. 50 just west of Church Road in Bowie before skidding into the adjoining woods.

Traffic was snarled for several hours.The cause of the crash is being investigated, Francis said.

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