Motorcyclist dies after crashing into police cruiser on ICC

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. 

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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. 

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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.