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Police Seek Public's Help After Crash Kills Family in Queen Anne's County

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WYE MILLS, Md.- "Devastating" is one way to describe the early Saturday morning traffic accident in Queen Anne's County that took the lives of six people, including an unborn child and two young kids. It happened when the car they were traveling in collided with a tractor trailer. What is unclear at this time is exactly how it all unfolded. State police need to figure it out, and they are calling on the public for help.

The images are hard to forget.

"The family truly needs all of our prayers," said family friend Lisa Phillips.

It was at an intersection near Chesapeake College on Route 50 in Wye Mills that three adults -- including a mother and her unborn child -- and two young children lost their lives shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday. 30-year-old Zarissa Ayres, who was eight months pregnant, was driving from Accomack County to her baby shower in Baltimore. In the car with her was her sister Regina, 24, along with Regina's boyfriend, Travis Stratton, 25, and their two-month-old son Jonathan and seven-year-old daughter, Jordan. A tractor trailer smashed into the passenger side of the car at the intersection.

"Driving it across the westbound lanes, then the eastbound lanes of Route 50 onto the shoulder, at which time the tractor trailer appeared to roll over the vehicle," said Lt. Greg Shipley with Maryland State Police.

State police know what happened, but not how.

"Someone had a red light; someone had a green light,” noted Shipley. “One of the primary questions at the top of investigators' lists right now is who had a red light."

To try and figure that out, the State Highway Administration has put up a sign near the crash scene, asking witnesses to come forward with information.

The truck driver -- from Wilmington -- was hurt in the crash. He was treated and released. No charges have been filed, pending the outcome of the investigation.

A joint funeral service for the Ayres family will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Nandua High School in Onley. According to the family, Regina's daughter, Jordan, would have turned 8-years-old on Saturday, so to honor her, everyone is invited to wear her favorite color: pink.

Travis Stratton's funeral service will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.

A fundraiser has been set up by family and friends to raise money for the Ayers' family funeral costs. Their goal is to raise $20,000.

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