BOWIE, Md. — Police have identified the three people who were injured when a single-engine plane had trouble after takeoff and crashed along a highway in Bowie.

State police say 58-year-old Tivay Alireza of Washington was the pilot and owner of the four-seat Mooney model M20 aircraft. His passengers were 48-year-old Deborah Tucker of Alexandria, Va., and 45-year-old Seth Sharpe of Laurel, Md. Police say they have not determined the relationship between the three people, all of whom were seriously injured in the crash Monday afternoon.

Police say the plane appeared to have mechanical problems before it crashed along westbound U.S. Route 50 near Freeway Airport.

Federal authorities will investigate the cause of the crash. The right lane and shoulder of westbound Route 50 remain closed at the scene.

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