MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - A motorcyclist is dead after multiple vehicles — including a police cruiser — crashed along the Intercounty Connector (ICC/ MD-200) in Silver Spring, according to officials.
Evening commuters can expect major traffic delays as most lanes in both directions near Georgia Avenue are closed.
A spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and EMS said that there are two separate incidents on eastbound and westbound ICC between Georgia Avenue and Shady Grove Metro Access Road.
Montgomery County police said an on-duty officer was driving west on MD 200 when his cruiser – a 2018 Dodge Charger – was struck by a motorcyclist traveling at a high speed. The driver, who has been identified by police as 31-year-old Carlos Ivan Diaz-Franco, was ejected from his motorcycle. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Authorities said there was also a collision involving several other vehicles.
Those injuries, at this time, have not been disclosed.
Officials are encouraging drivers to find an alternate route if they plan to travel in the Silver Spring area of the ICC. The Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating both accidents.