Two people were killed Saturday in a crash involving multiple motorcycles that shut down eastbound Interstate 70 near Exit 9 in the Indian Springs area for more than four hours, according to Maryland State Police.
The accident happened when a motorcycle slowed down and struck two other motorcycles, said Sgt. Phillip Martin of Maryland State Police.
Megan R. Daymude, 19, of Inwood, W.Va., who was a passenger on a 2004 Harley-Davidson operated by Mark B. Stephens, 23, of Falling Waters, W.Va., died at the scene of the accident, troopers said.
Mark B. Stephens, who was airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, died at the hospital.
Another motorcyclist, identified by state police as Mark D. Stephens, 46, of Falling Waters, also was flown to the shock trauma center with critical injuries. He was riding a 1992 Harley-Davidson.
“We are investigating the incident,” Martin said, adding there were at least 20 motorcycles in the group when the accident happened
According to state police, a 2008 Harley-Davidson operated by Matthew L. Adams, 42, of Martinsburg, W.Va., slowed down and was struck by Mark D. Stephens’ motorcycle from behind.
Mark D. Stephens’ motorcycle then struck the motorcycle operated by Mark B. Stephens.
Eastbound I-70 in the area remained closed for 4 1/2 hours after the accident, which was reported about 12:40 p.m. The interstate was closed in both directions for an hour to enable helicopters to land in the area.
Traffic on eastbound I-70 remained backed up for several miles after the accident.
A motorcyclist at the scene, who did not give his name, said he wasn’t sure how the accident happened.
“It happened so fast. I don’t even know what was going on,” he said.
— Kaustuv Basu