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Maryland: Three officers assisting in crashes struck by cars on Md. highway

Friday, August 26, 2016

Three law enforcement officers were injured after being struck by cars in separate accidents Thursday evening in Montgomery County. Fire officials said three separate collisions occurred just before 6:30 p.m. on both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 270 nearby Rockledge Drive.

According to Maryland State Police, a Montgomery County sheriff rear-ended a vehicle, which led to a Montgomery County police officer to check on the accident. However, that officer's vehicle was hit by another car. The same chain of events happened when a Maryland state trooper arrived on the scene and his car was struck by another vehicle.

All three suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Maryland does have a "Move Over" law that requires drivers to make a lane change if possible to allow first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel to work on the roadway.

Traffic was affected on I-270 after the crash. The left lane on southbound I-270 was closed off while the left shoulder on the northbound lanes was blocked off as well. Just after 7:30 p.m., all lanes were reopened to traffic.

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