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Baltimore radio personality Ed Norris in serious condition after motorcycle crash in Harford

BY ALLAN VOUGHT, avought@theaegis.com

2:46 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

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Baltimore radio personality and former high ranking state and Baltimore City police official Ed Norris was injured in a traffic accident in northern Harford County Wednesday afternoon.

He was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center Thursday, a spokesperson said.

Maryland State Police confirmed that Norris was driving a motorcycle and was injured when he swerved to avoid colliding with a box truck at the intersection of Routes 1 and 161 (Main Street) in Darlington shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The duty officer at the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack confirmed the identity of Norris, the morning drive host on the highly-rated Norris and Davis Show on 105.7-FM, The Fan, who formerly commanded the State Police and before then was Baltimore City's police commissioner.

Norris was flown to shock trauma by a State Police Medevac.

The state police duty officer said Wednesday afternoon that Norris' injuries were non-life threatening, according to reports from troopers at the scene.

"There were no serious injuries," the duty officer said. "He was alert and talking to everyone. He may have suffered a broken arm."

In a news release issued shortly after 5:30 p.m., State Police said the preliminary investigation indicated a GMC truck, owned by Ward Trucking and driven by Dedrick McClain of Windsor Mill, was making a left turn from Route 161 to travel south on Route 1.

Norris was traveling north on Route 1 on a 2013 Victory motorcycle approaching the intersection. According to the State Police news release, the GMC truck "failed to yield the to the Victory motorcycle. To avoid a collision directly with the vehicle, the operator of the motorcycle swerved and put the motorcycle into a skid. The motorcycle did not collide with any other vehicle."

According to the release, Norris, who lives in the northern Carroll County community of Hampstead, was injured "as a result of laying down the motorcycle and the resulting skid" and was flown to Shock Trauma as a precaution.

Susan Broadus, a cashier at the Darlington High's store said: "Several people stopped and helped [the motorcycle] driver off the road into the grassy area ... He couldn't walk too well. He still had his helmet on."

Broadus said a woman who witnessed the crash and who stopped was seen talking to the troopers who came to investigate.

Broadus said she was not aware of the identity of the motorcycle driver.

State Police in later release said that through a detailed investigation of the collision, "troopers determined the driver of the GMC truck, McClain was at fault" and changed him with "failing to yield right of way to another vehicle."

Speaking Thursday on the Norris and Davis radio show, co-host Steve Davis said he had spent several hours with Norris at the hospital Wednesday after the crash.

"I talked with Ed," he said, adding, "He was awake and alert."

He said he wouldn't talk about Norris' injuries, adding, "We'll let him tell you about them" when he returns to the radio show.