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Officer leading others to funeral hurt in collision

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Baltimore police motorcycle officer leading a motorcade to the funeral of a slain Maryland State Police trooper on the Eastern Shore broke his collarbone yesterday when a van hit his cycle.

Officer William Edgar, 38, a 14-year veteran, was listed in fair condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said he is expected to be released today.

Sam Ringgold, a department spokesman, said Officer Edgar was leading eight motorcycles and a bus filled with officers on their way to Salisbury to pay their respects to Trooper Edward A. Plank.

According to Mr. Ringgold, as the motorcade left southbound Interstate 95 near Arbutus and was on a two-lane exit ramp leading to the Baltimore Beltway, a van crossed in front of the procession and bumped the cycle.

The officer was thrown from the motorcycle down a small embankment.

Police said the motorcade stopped while officers helped their injured colleague, then continued on to Salisbury.

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