Harford deputy injured in I-95 crash

Cruiser hit disabled vehicle, police say

July 17, 2011|By AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A Harford County sheriff's deputy was injured Saturday evening when his police cruiser crashed into a disabled vehicle along I-95 in Harford County, police said.

A sheriff's office spokesperson said the deputy's injuries were not life-threatening.

According to a news release from the Harford County Sheriff's office, on Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to an accident that had just occurred on I-95.

The accident involved two vehicles in the on/off lane situated between Exit 77A-Edgewood and 77B-Bel Air on southbound I-95, under the Route 24 overpass, according to the news release.

Preliminary investigation determined that a 2001 Dodge Stratus, driven by Courtney Queen, 27, of Owings Mill, was traveling south in the middle lane of I-95, when she was cut off by an unknown vehicle causing her to loose control of her car, which spun out and stalled in the on/off lane under the Route 24 overpass.

Unable to restart her car to move it out of the way of oncoming traffic, Queen exited her vehicle and walked safely to the right hand side of the highway.

Within minutes of Queen safely reaching the side of the highway, her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser, driven by on-duty Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy, Sgt. Thomas Gamble, according to the news release.

Gamble was transported by Trooper 1 Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for injuries sustained in the accident.

As of 10 p.m. Saturday, Gamble was alert and in good condition, according to the sheriff's office.

Gamble is a 12-year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office assigned to Special Operations of the Patrol Services Bureau.

Traffic was diverted on I-95 for approximately two hours for accident reconstruction and clean-up, according to the sheriff's office news release.

The accident remained under investigation Sunday, and no further details were available.

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