Motorcyclist, trooper injured in crash

March 06, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A speeding motorcyclist rammed the back of a state trooper's cruiser last night in Harford County, injuring the trooper and himself, state police said.

Both were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the wreck along U.S. 40 near Edgewood. The trooper suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Police described the motorcyclist's injuries as critical.

About 9:10 p.m. Harford sheriff's deputies notified state police that they were trying to stop - but had lost sight of - a motorcyclist traveling west at more than 120 mph on U.S. 40. When a trooper left a nearby traffic stop to assist, the motorcyclist ran into the back of the trooper's marked Ford Crown Victoria, police said.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and his helmet came off, but he fought troopers who tried to render first aid, police said. The motorcyclist had a suspended license and police said he apparently had been drinking.

State police did not release the name of the trooper or the motorcyclist last night.

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