Two people were flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries after a car and a motorcycle collided in Darlington Saturday afternoon.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. in the 3800 block of Conowingo Road, Harford County fire officials said.
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 1, waiting to turn onto Arena Road, according to Trooper Gates of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. The motorcycle was hit from behind by a black SUV driving south on Concowingo Road.
The driver and passenger, a man and woman, were ejected from the motorcycle; they were flown to shock trauma with serious injuries.
State troopers looked over the motorcycle, which lay on the shoulder of the road, upside down, as members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire
Company and the Harford County Sheriff's Office directed traffic around the accident scene.
Route 1 was closed between the highway's intersections with Poole Road and Arena Road, and drivers heading north were detoured onto Poole and then Arena.
Several motorcycle riders gathered in the nearby parking lot of Harvey's Jr. restaurant; they watched and took photos as the troopers
Bernard Cross of Bel Air was riding his motorcycle from the Chesapeake Harley-Davidson dealership in Darlington when he saw the accident scene. He did not see the accident happen.
"I'm a lone wolf," Cross said. "I just enjoy riding by myself."
He noted it is more dangerous for riders when they are alone, rather than part of a group because it is easier for drivers to see a group of
riders - and a number of riders were out during the cool and sunny afternoon Saturday.
Cross said he was almost hit by a driver not long after he started riding a motorcycle; he said the driver pulled in front of him and "saw
me coming at the last second."
"The guy probably never even saw it coming," he said of the rider involved in the crash on Route 1.
David Anderson and Erika Butler of The Aegis contributed to this ariicle.