Two Die In Route 50 Accident

BERLIN – The Fourth of July was marred with the traffic deaths of two Pennsylvania men early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Route 50 near the Worcester-Wicomico County line.

Around 4 a.m. on July 4, troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident on the eastbound side of Route 50 at Hall Road near the county line. The preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Honda Civic was traveling east on Route 50 when it left the roadway and struck a tree in the median, ejecting Joseph Costlow, 20, of Waynesboro, Pa.

A second vehicle, a 2006 Ford Escape driven by Joshua Croteau, 19, also of Waynesboro, Pa., was traveling east on Route 50 when it struck Costlow, who had come to rest in the travel portion of the highway after being ejected from the Honda in the initial collision. Another occupant later identified as Nathaniel Kesserling, 21, of Waynesboro, was found in the rear seat of the Honda. Costlow and Kesserling were pronounced dead at the scene.

The collision is under investigation.