Fatal Route 50 Accident Tuesday Morning

BERLIN — A local man perished in a single-vehicle accident on eastbound Route 50 near Glen Riddle early Tuesday morning.

Around 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Ocean City Fire Department responded to the area of Route 50 near Riddle Lane for a reported single-vehicle collision. The investigation revealed a vehicle heading eastbound on Route 50 left the roadway and struck a copse of trees in the median.

The driver, identified as Tyler William Birch, 19, of Ocean Pines, succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Birch was a Stephen Decatur graduate. Both eastbound and westbound Route 50 was shut down for a time during the investigation, which is ongoing.

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.