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Motorcyclist hurt in crash on I-70

September 02, 2011
  • A motorcyclist was taken to Meritus Medical Center after an accident Friday morning on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — One person was injured in an accident on eastbound Interstate 70 halfway between Exit 29 (Downsville Pike) and Exit 32 (Dual Highway) Friday morning, Trooper Ryan Shaffer of the Maryland State Police said.


The left lane of eastbound I-70 was closed shortly after the crash, which was reported at 6:33 a.m. It reopened at 7:34 a.m.

The accident happened when a tractor-trailer in the right lane moved into the left lane into the path of the motorcyclist, Shaffer said. The motorcycle driver, with nowhere to go, was forced into the grass in the median and fell over, according to Shaffer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer drove away from the scene, according to Shaffer.

"We don't know who the driver is," he said. "They probably didn't even know they hit the motorcycle."

The motorcycle driver was taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries at 7:08 a.m., Shaffer said.

"He was wearing all the protective equipment," Shaffer added.

Police did not release the name of the motorcyclist.

A firetruck from the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. and an ambulance from Hagerstown Community Rescue Service were also on the scene.

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