Fatal Accident On Route 50 Thursday Night

BERLIN — A Seaford man perished in a single-vehicle accident on Route 50 in Berlin on Thursday evening that shut down the westbound side of the highway for several hours.

Around 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, Maryland State Police responded to a motor vehicle collision on Route 50 in the area of Route 346 not far from the Berlin barrack. The preliminary investigation indicated a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by Norris William Beard, Jr., 58, of Seaford, was traveling west on Route 50 near Route 346. Evidence and witness statements indicated the driver left the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and then overturned.

Beard, the only occupant of the vehicle, was not restrained by a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The victim has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. MSP troopers believe alcohol to be a factor in the collision.

Westbound Route 50 was closed for several hours while troopers investigated the accident. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Berlin Fire and Police Departments and the State Highway Administration assisted with the incident.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.