BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say three people were injured when a small plane had trouble after takeoff and crashed along a highway in Prince George's County.
Police say the single engine, four-seat aircraft appeared to have mechanical problems and crashed Monday afternoon along westbound U.S. Route 50 near Freeway Airport in Bowie.
Prince George's County Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis says the plane went into the trees along the slow shoulder, but no one on the ground was injured. The three people aboard the plane were trapped temporarily. Police say a woman suffered life-threatening injuries and two men were in critical condition.
The highway was closed in both directions for a time just as Labor Day weekend travelers returned from the Eastern Shore.
Police say federal authorities have been notified.
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