- The Washington Times - Monday, December 13, 2004

A young newlywed couple were killed yesterday morning when the car they were riding in swerved into oncoming traffic on a heavily traveled street in College Park.

Police identified the victims as Melanie Easley, 25, and her husband, Ryan Easley, 26, of the 6800 block of Berwyn House Road in College Park. They were heading to work when the accident occurred.

The Easleys were driving east on Greenbelt Road about 7 a.m. when Mrs. Easley lost control of the black 2004 Honda Accord near the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, and swerved into the westbound lanes, police said.

An empty school bus broadsided the Honda, killing the couple instantly.

The bus then struck a Ford F350 truck before it slid down into an embankment.

The bus driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The truck driver was not injured.

It was not clear why Mrs. Easley lost control of the car, said Police Sgt. Tammy Sparkman, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Police Department.

“It’s probably going to take at least a good week to determine what happened,” Sgt. Sparkman said.

Greenbelt Road was closed to traffic in both directions between Rhode Island and 58th avenues until authorities completed their investigation of the accident. The road was re-opened to traffic shortly before noon.

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