2 men die in Flatland Road head-on crash; another airlifted to Shock Trauma

Emergency crews are seen in this photo courtesy of the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company responding to a fatal crash on Flatland Road Sunday night, Feb. 21.

CHESTERTOWN — Both drivers died at the scene of a head-on crash Sunday night in the 9000-block of Flatland Road and a passenger in one of the vehicles was injured, according to Maryland State Police.

The deceased were identified as Brian Keith Bowman, 32, of Betterton and Jeffrey Waters, 57, of Chestertown.

Bowman’s passenger, Chase Leighton Jones, 37, of Chestertown, was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He has been released, a hospital spokesperson said Tuesday.

The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m. Feb. 21 on state Route 514 (Flatland Road) south of Mary Morris Road.

According to the MSP preliminary investigation, Bowman was driving a 2003 Chevy Silverado northbound on Route 514 at the same time Waters was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion southbound.

For reasons that have not been determined, Bowman’s vehicle veered into the other lane and crashed head on into the Ford Fusion, the MSP reported.

The investigation is ongoing

According to a post on the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page, Jones was pinned in the Silverado, which had overturned and was laying on its side. Crews from the fire company used the Hurst “Jaws of Life” hydraulic rescue tool to get Jones out of the vehicle.

He was transferred to an ambulance at the scene and then transported to the helicopter landing zone on a nearby farm, according to the Chestertown VFC Facebook post.

Police reported that the road was closed for more than six hours, reopening at about 12:45 a.m. Monday. The State Highway Administration assisted with the road closure.

In addition to MSP patrol and aviation divisions, agencies that responded to the crash scene included the Chestertown and Kennedyville volunteer fire companies, Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

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