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Two critically injured after crash in Jessup

Five people were sent to area hospitals, two in critical condition, following a crash Wednesday in Jessup, according to the Howard County Police Department.

The crash happened at about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Route 175 and Route 1. Police said a 1997 Land Rover heading north on Route 1 struck the passenger side mirror of a Chrysler van, causing minor damage, and then continued on, crossing the double yellow line just north of Montevideo Road.

The Land Rover headed into the southbound lanes, hitting a guardrail and then colliding head-on with a southbound 2008 Infinity QX56.

Four people were in the Land Rover, two of which were in critical condition as of Wednesday evening, police said: the driver, Khisha Bernice Parks, 36, of the 7200 block of Sleepsoft Circle in Columbia, and front-seat passenger, Bernard Eugene Alexander 3rd, 31, of the 500 block of Main Street in Laurel. Both were at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Their updated conditions were not immediately available Thursday morning.

Also injured were two young boys, 2 years old and 8 months old, who were taken to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. They have since been released in good condition to a family member, police said Thursday.

The driver of the Infinity, Enoch Jefferson Webb Jr., 61, of the 6400 block of Woodgreen Circle in Gwynn Oak, was taken to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released Wednesday.

Police said alcohol and the Land Rover's crossing of the double yellow line contributed to the crash, which remains under investigation.

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