MARYLAND

Cpl. Matthew Telep in serious crash

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WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. (AP/ABC7) - A Maryland State trooper crashed into a tree Wednesday afternoon on I-70 at 32 in Ellicott City.

Police say Cpl. Matthew Telep is in serious condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Troopers say Telep was in uniform and traveling in a marked patrol car about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on I-70 in West Friendship when he ran off the road and hit a tree. A witness believes he was cut off by another vehicle.

Police say the 5-year veteran was trapped and had to be extricated by personnel from the Howard County Fire Department.

Police think Telep was on his way home after a highway escort assignment.

The accident is under investigation.

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