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Man injures hand working at HCC; ceiling collapses on another in Edgewood

Two men were taken to Baltimore hospitals Thursday after serious trauma injuries in Harford County.

A Peach Bottom man suffered a serious hand injury while working with asphalt at Harford Community College on Thursday afternoon, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Edward McGovern, 59, was working for a paving contractor shortly before 1 p.m. and was trying to pick up a piece of asphalt, Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said.

"He apparently was next to a skid-loader that moved and his hand became caught between the road, the asphalt he was trying to pick up and the skid loader," Hopkins wrote in an email.

McGovern was taken by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to the hand trauma center at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital. His condition was not available.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health division was notified but is not responding, Hopkins said.

Later that afternoon, a 31-year-old man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after a ceiling collapsed on him in the 1700 block of Brookside Drive in Edgewood, according to the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

He was lying in bed when the ceiling of the bedroom on the top floor fell on him for no apparent reason, Andrew Doyle, Joppa-Magnolia's spokesman, said.

"There was no sign of water damage or any other cause," Doyle said. "Maintenance representative responded and is handling the repairs."

The man was in stable condition and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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