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CHESTER — A four car pileup Sunday night, Oct. 13, injured five people — one critically — and shut down U.S. Route 50 west for about an hour.

A 2015 Kia Sorento, driven by Ashley Sanders, 20, of Halethorpe, was traveling west on Route 50 in the vicinity of Piney Creek Road when traffic in front of it stopped due to traffic being backed up about 7:45 p.m. The Sorento did not react and crashed into the back of a 2005 Honda Accord, driven by Scott Beeker, 56, of Pasadena, at a high rate of speed, Maryland State Police said.

The Accord spun out of control and struck the back of a 2017 Ford Mustang, driven by James Park, 50, of Ellicott City, police said.

The Sorento veered forward to the left and struck the read of a 2002 GMC Yukon, driven by Kirk Butler, 57, of Huntingtown, police said.

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services responded.

Beeker was trapped in his Accord and had to be extricated by the fire department, police said. He was flown by MSP helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries. He remained in critical condition at the trauma center Wednesday night, according to Lisa Clough, director of media relations.

Sanders and her passenger Brady Phillips, 19, of Pasadena, were both injured and treated at the scene of the crash. The other two passengers in the Sorento, Gregory Althoff Jr., 19, of Pasadena and Bella Ward, 19, of Glen Burnie, were both injured and taken by ambulance to an area hospital, police said.

Park and Butler did not report any injuries. Neither did Butler’s passenger, Wandell Butler, 56, also of Huntingtown.

Route 50 west was closed for about an hour for emergency response. Route 50 east was closed for about 15 minutes for the helicopter to land and pick up Beeker.

Sanders was issued a citation for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, police said.

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