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Two State Highway Workers Hit On Side Of Interstate 97; Driver Believed To Have Suffered Medical Emergency

HANOVER, Md. (WJZ) -- Two state highway workers were injured after being hit while on the side of Interstate 97 late Friday morning, Maryland State Police said.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on southbound I-97 near New Cut Road.

Police said the driver, Karl Gunther, Jr., 38, of Pasadena, may have suffered a medical emergency and swerved before running off the road. The highway workers were outside of their vehicles at the time of the crash.

"These two parked vehicles were on the shoulder, in a work zone, with their emergency lights activated," Elena Russo, of the Maryland State Police, said.

One of the workers, Gary Henley, 48, of Pasadena, was taken to Shock Trauma; at last check, he is in fair condition. The second worker, Eric Gross, 51, of Crownsville, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center; his condition remains unknown.

The driver was also taken to Shock Trauma; he is listed in serious condition.

"The Maryland State Police crash team is doing a reconstruction and really looking into what occurred this morning," Russo said. said.

State police said Gunther's black Toyota Tundra struck the workers' vehicles, one of which then hit the men.

The crash is still under investigation.

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