(5 p.m.) The two adults injured in a Saturday car crash that killed two others were listed in good condition Sunday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Charles Rexrode, 40, of Hampstead, and Donna Soares, 48, of Jefferson, were both flown to Hopkins for treatment after being involved in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road. Danny Harrah, 68, of Williamsport, and Charles Rexrode's wife, Patricia Hornick-Rexrode, 44, of Hampstead, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

An 8-year-old boy was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital and a 13-year-old girl was flown to Hopkins for treatment, but Maryland State Police did not release their names and their conditions were unknown Sunday. The children were riding with Soares.

A preliminary investigation showed that Harrah lost control of a 2004 Ford Expedition while traveling eastbound on U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road, according to an MSP news release. Harrah crossed the center median and struck Rexrode, who was traveling in a 2012 Toyota Prius, then hit Soares in a 2013 Honda Pilot traveling in the westbound lanes.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Greg Chatfield said the crash team investigating the collision would reconvene today, but the investigation may not have a quick conclusion. He said investigation findings would depend on factors including the people involved in the crash and autopsy results.

Alcohol was ruled out as a factor as to why Harrah lost control of his vehicle, Chatfield said Saturday.

He said sometimes the reason why a driver loses control of his vehicle is never known.

"There's factors that just take time," Chatfield said.

— Laura Dukes

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Maryland State Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash that left two people dead Saturday on U.S. 340 near Mount Zion Road.

Danny Harrah, 68, of Williamsport, and Patricia Hornick-Rexrode, 44, of Hampstead, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a news release.

Four others were injured in the crash. Maryland State Police Sgt. Greg Chatfield said Hornick-Rexrode’s husband, Charles Rexrode, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment. He was listed in critical condition Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the third vehicle, Donna Soares, 48, of Jefferson, was also flown to Hopkins for treatment. Soares was in critical condition, the spokeswoman said. The conditions of the two children traveling with Soares were not released Saturday night. An 8-year-old boy was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital and a 13-year-old girl was flown to Hopkins for treatment.

While the cause of the crash is being investigated, police said a preliminary investigation showed that Harrah lost control of a 2004 Ford Expedition while traveling eastbound on U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road, according to a state police news release.

An eyewitness told troopers the Expedition lost control, crossed the center median and traveled into the westbound lanes, the release states.

Harrah struck Rexrode, who was traveling in a 2012 Toyota Prius, then hit Soares in a 2013 Honda Pilot traveling in the westbound lanes.

Chatfield said investigators did not know Saturday why Harrah traveled into the median, but he ruled out alcohol as a factor.

Troopers responded to crash just before noon on Saturday. All lanes were shut down on the highway as rescue crews responded to the scene. Westbound lanes reopened at about 5:30 p.m.

— Cara R. Anthony

(13) comments

AshMorè13

Everyone thank you for not jumping to conclusions and to those of you that did or are blaming speed or distracted driving obviously do not know Mr Harrah personally because he didn't text while driving or use his cell phone!! Also please think of his family before posting rude comments....this truly was a tragic accident that could not have been avoided and had nothing to do with the roads, the speed, or a tractor trailer even!!! Please keep negative comments to yourself!!

turtle

At that spot on 340, away from the eastbound 15 merge, and before the Mt. Zion exit and the construction zone east from there, my guess would be a medical emergency. Very sad to see these things happen on a road I've driven for many years. You can't account for everything, but even when you're on a pretty safe section of Maryland divided highway like this, keep your guard up. Nearly anything can happen.

harmony

This is such a tremendous tragedy, but before we say Mr. Harrah was purposley negligent ( we know alcohol was not a factor) perhaps there was a medical issue or something out of his control. Our prayers go out for those injured for a full recovery and the families of the deceased.

rn658

@Brunswickian: so true!!! I passed 3 vehicles stuck in the mud. Just shows how impatient and self centered people can be. Those stuck cars caused additional distraction and rubber-necking. Somebody even honked at me when I didn't "speed up" when cars moved about 20 feet. What makes 340 dangerous is the idiots that travel 80 mph, tailgate, and change lanes erratically.
Ridiculous!!!

manytrails2hike

There are no dangerous roads, just dangerous drivers!
Get into your car, drive the speed limit, turn off all your electronic equipment and
pay attention to the road and your driving and you will be okay.
This isn't saying that someone else won't hit you but, this is not the roads fault, it
is the other driver's fault.

discreetboi21705

not to play devils advocate, but what if it was a medical emergency or even something that broke on the vehicle? Don't always blame the driver.

EJMAYHEW2

While I have to agree, to a certain point, this is absolutely one of the most assinine, insensitive comments......

Brunswickian

This was a tragic accident, and sad for the survivors. I went right by this accident yesterday. Three cars in front of me decided to make a U-Turn in the median and they all got stuck in the mud. It was like the zombie apocalypse the way people were driving in the area. One young white male in a black pickup truck stuck in the mud was still talking on his cellular phone after he was stuck in the median.

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Suzleigh

The location is relevant as it speaks to the dangerous parts of 340/15 and how this type of tragedy could be prevented with better planning and engineering.

krispix318

I wish more people realized how dangerous 340 is - especially eastbound. I travel from Martinsburg to Frederick every weekday and, especially in the stretch where this seems to have happened (eastbound 340 after 15 has merged on?), drivers not traveling at least 80 are nearly run off the road. Please, slow down. The potential of getting to your destination a few minutes earlier isn't worth risking your life or the lives of others. Keep in mind, I'm not saying that Mr. Harrah was driving recklessly; someone yesterday posted about a tractor trailer merging on from 15 and weaving into Mr. Harrah's lane and maybe he just overcorrected. My plea is just for everyone to be more cautious.

shiftless88

The article indicates the the crash was east of Mt Zion, so well after 15 merges with 340. Sad how lives can change so quickly.

sjaruss

In response to krispix318, unfortunately, the Maryland Assembly, has voted to raise the speed limit on some roads up to 70 mph. So, assuming the limit will be raised to 70 mph on 340 as well, we can expect many to drive even faster on 340. As some people reason that they are "allowed" to drive at least 10-15 miles over a posted speed, probably we'll be seeing even more people driving in excess of 80 mph on 340. (I'm addressing the speed on 340, in general, not saying that speed was necessarily a factor in yesterday's crash.)

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