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Two injured in I-270 accident near Urbana

July 03, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

URBANA, Md. — Two Keedysville residents were taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., Sunday following a crash on Interstate 270 south of Frederick, Md., near Urbana.

Daniel Ferrell, 42, of Keedysville, was in the emergency room as of 4 p.m. Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Information on Melissa Ferrell, 43, also of Keedysville, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the accident, was unavailable Sunday afternoon.

The Ferrells were traveling south on I-270 when a tan Toyota — driven by Vijaya Magam, 26, of Washington, D.C. — attempted to merge into their lane, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Police said that as it attempted to change lanes, the Toyota struck the driver’s side of the green Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Daniel Ferrell.

The Tahoe overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side, police said.

Police said Magam was not injured.

A witness told police that Magam was talking on his cellphone when the accident happened, police said.

Magam was charged with negligent driving, unsafe lane change and operating a motor vehicle while using his hands to talk on a phone, police said.

Two juvenile female passengers in the Tahoe, ages 8 and 3, were taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., police said.

Conditions of Daniel and Melissa Ferrell and the two female juvenile passengers were unavailable Sunday evening.

I-270 was shut down for approximately 90 minutes, police said.

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