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Police briefs

June 01, 2010

Md. man being treated after crashing motorcycle



SMITHSBURG - An Olney, Md., man was being treated at Washington County Hospital on Monday afternoon after he was thrown from a motorcycle on Foxville Road, according to Maryland State Police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Steven Braswell was traveling east on Foxville Road (Md. 77), when he apparently lost control of the motorcycle on a sharp turn, state police said.

Braswell was thrown from the motorcycle into a wooded area, sustaining multiple injuries, police said.

The accident was reported at 1:29 p.m. Monday and occurred at a sharp curve off Md. 64 and east of Wolfsville Road, according to Washington County Emergency Services and state police.

Md. 77 was closed in both directions for about 45 minutes, police said.

Kayaker rescued from Potomac River



BRUNSWICK, Md. - A kayaker was rescued from the Potomac River on Monday morning, according to Frederick County (Md.) Emergency Services.

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The rescue operation was deployed at 10:22 a.m. Monday for a kayaker in distress on the river near the Brunswick campground, a 911 dispatcher said.

The kayaker was OK and was not taken to a hospital, the dispatcher said. Authorities cleared the scene at 11:38 a.m. Monday.

Driver cited after van rolls over four times on I-70



A Chevy van rolled over four times in the Interstate 70 median on Sunday afternoon after the driver overcorrected when trying to get back in his lane, Maryland State Police said.

The accident was reported at 1:39 p.m. Sunday on westbound I-70 near the Frederick County line, coming down the mountain toward Hagerstown, according to Washington County Emergency Services.

The van's passenger, Carlos Perez, 43, of Montgomery Village, Md., was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was discharged Sunday from the emergency department, according to Trooper James Bowers and a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver, Bagalwa Kayeye, 47, of Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with negligent driving, Bowers said.

The 2003 Chevy van was heading west down the mountain in the right lane when the driver tried to change into the left lane, not seeing the traffic, Bowers said.

The driver overcorrected to the right and lost control, Bowers said. The van shot across the left lane, missing vehicles and went into the median where it rolled over four times, Bowers said.

Both men were wearing seat belts, Bowers said.

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