Two Montgomery County Police Motor Officers suffered non-life threatening injuries during a traffic incident in the northbound lanes of I-270 in Clarksburg this morning.
The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 am in the northbound lanes of I-270 in the area of the Hyattstown Truck Weight Inspection Station about one-and-one-quarter miles south of Exit 22 at Old Hundred Road/MD-109.
According to the Montgomery County Police Twitter feed, a contingent of motorcycle officers were conducting an escort training exercise on I-270 near the truck weigh station north of the Clarksburg Road/MD-121 exit when one of the officers “encountered an issue during maneuver” and was forced to put the bike down. The second officer “took evasive action to avoid a collision and put his bike down successfully avoiding a collision,” said the MCPD Tweet.
Both unidentified officers were transported by MCFRS ambulance to local hospitals as Priority 2 trauma patients suffering non-life threatening injuries according to Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service officials.
The incident closed all lanes of northbound I-270 for most of the morning as police investigated the cause of the incident and removed the motorcycles. Officials closed northbound lanes of at the Clarksburg Road exit, which rerouted traffic to northbound MD-355 through Clarksburg and Hyattstown. Once the injured officers were transported to local hospitals, police began diverting one lane of northbound I-270 traffic through the weigh station. Lane closures on I-270 until about 12:50 pm Wednesday.
Motor officers have been a part of the Montgomery County Police Department since its inception in 1922, in fact, the motorcycle was the primary mode of transportation for the first officers hired by the County.
Further hampering northbound travel on I-270 on Wednesday morning was an overturned excavator in Gaithersburg. Although many miles south of the MCPD motorcycle incident, the overturned excavator at the construction site of the Watkins Mill overpass created more traffic headaches for motorists. The large excavator reportedly tumbled down the incline and landed on its side in the shoulder of northbound I-270, but behind the jersey wall erected during construction. No one was injured in that accident.
Top: A file photo of Montgomery County Police motorcycles. Two motor officers were involved in a traffic incident Wednesday morning in the northbound lanes of I-270.
Next: The incident involving two MCPD motor officers clogged traffic on northbound I-270, as well as local roads, such as MD-355 in Clarksburg and Hyattstown for most of the morning.
Next: The commute north on I-270 was further hampered when an excavator overturned at the site of the construction of the new Watkins Mill Road overpass at I-270. No one was injured in that incident. Photo courtesy MCFRS.
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