Westminster man killed by light pole in motorcycle accident

A Westminster man was killed Saturday by a light pole that fell on him on the side of Route 50 in Queen Anne's County after he lost control of his motorcycle on the roadway and it struck the pole, Maryland State Police said.

Police believe Philip Jeffrey Merson, 59, was traveling in the left lane of the eastbound roadway shortly after 2:30 p.m. when he lost control of his red and black 2009 Honda motorcycle and swerved to the right, across three lanes and onto the exit ramp for Nesbit Road.

Merson's motorcyle struck a light pole on the side of the ramp, which then fell and landed on him, said Cpl. William McFarland, of the state police Centreville barrack.

Merson was transported to the nearby Queen Anne's Emergency Center — less than a mile from the site of the accident — where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the accident to call 410-758-1101.



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