Deputy injured in crash on I-95 near Edgewood

July 19, 2011

A Harford County sheriff's deputy was injured and flown to shock trauma after a crash Saturday on I-95.

Around 6:30 p.m., Sgt. Thomas Gamble, a 12-year-veteran of the agency, rear-ended a car stopped in the on/off ramp of the interstate, according to police.

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an accident that had just occurred on I-95. The accident involved two vehicles in the on/off lane situated on southbound I-95 under the Route 24 overpass.

Preliminary investigation determined that a 2001 Dodge Stratus, driven by Courtney Queen, 27, of Owings Mills, was traveling south in the middle lane of I-95 when she was cut off by an unknown vehicle causing her to lose control of her car, which spun out and stalled in the on/off lane of I-95 under the Route 24 overpass, between Exit 77A for Edgewood and 77B for Bel Air. 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 side of the highway.

"The car wasn't on the shoulder, the car was in a traffic lane," Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the sheriff's office, said Monday.

Within minutes of Queen safely reaching the side of the highway, her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Gamble.

Gamble was flown by Trooper 1 Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for injuries sustained in the accident. He was released from the hospital that night, according to Worrell. Gamble is assigned to special operations of the Patrol Services Bureau.

While Gamble was on duty at the time of the crash, he was not responding to a call with emergency sirens and lights activated, Worrell said.

Traffic was diverted on I-95 for approximately two hours for accident reconstruction and cleanup.

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