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State trooper injured in accident

July 15, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Maryland State Police trooper was injured Wednesday morning when his cruiser struck an embankment on Md. 75 while he was chasing a motorcyclist, according to a state police press release.

Trooper First Class James Egros was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

Egros saw an eastbound motorcycle traveling 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 70 west of Md. 75 about 10 a.m., troopers said.

Egros lost sight of the motorcycle, but continued east on the interstate in an attempt to find it, troopers said.

Egros later exited I-70 onto Md. 75 and saw the motorcycle traveling north on the road at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the right shoulder, troopers said.

Egros tried to stop the motorcycle near Old New Market Road and activated his emergency lights and siren, troopers said.

When Egros caught up to the motorcycle, the driver swerved back into the travel lane and continued, troopers said.

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Egros lost control of his cruiser while trying to avoid striking a construction warning sign. The cruiser skidded off the road and struck an embankment, troopers said.

Egros' cruiser had to be towed from the scene and one lane of Green Valley Road was closed for about 30 minutes for an investigation, troopers said.

Egros gave dispatchers a description of the motorcycle and a possible registration plate on it. A portion of the incident was captured on the trooper's in-car camera system, troopers said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Cpl. Dave Keller at 301-600-4151.

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