Two Children, 3 Adults and Unborn Baby Killed in Maryland Crash: Cops

Two children and three adults, including a pregnant woman, were killed in a car accident with a tractor trailer early Saturday on a Maryland highway, state police said. The family of five were traveling in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza to visit family in Baltimore when the car collided with the big rig before 1:15 a.m. on Route 50 near Queenstown. State police identified the victims as Regina Ayres, 24, and her daughter, Jordan Ayres, 7; Ayres' boyfriend, Travis Straton, 25, and their 2-month-old son, Jonathan Ayres; and Regina Ayres' pregnant sister, Zerissa Ayres, 30. Four of the five died at the scene, but Zarissa Ayres and her unborn child were pronounced dead later at the hospital, Maryland State Police said. Investigators couldn't immediately say who was driving.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Yvenet Mayette, 28, is being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Investigators say the family was traveling westbound and the truck driver was traveling southbound when both approached an intersection. Both drove across the intersection, causing the tractor trailer to hit the passenger side of the car, sending it rolling before it came to a rest.

Investigators are determining which driver had the right of way at the intersection. The road remained closed in both directions Saturday during their investigation, state police told NBC News.


— Alastair Jamieson and Elisha Fieldstadt