Driver injured in I-270 crash in Gaithersburg expected to recover

Driver injured in Interstate 270 crash expected to recover

State police say ‘unsafe’ lane change was cause

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Photo from Pete Piringer via Twitter

A driver was injured on Interstate 270 in the Gaithersburg area Sunday evening when he made an “unsafe” lane change, according to Maryland State police.

Brenda Carl, a state police spokeswoman, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat that Portance Nganamodei was driving a Lexus and tried to merge from Lane 3 into Lane 4. When he overcorrected and went back into Lane 3, the vehicle rolled over, police said.

The crash happened near the interchange with Interstates 270 and 370 in the Gaithersburg area.

Nganamodei was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Police first that he had life-threatening injuries, but later determined that they were less serious, Carl wrote.

It was not immediately clear whether Nganamodei would be charged in the crash. No charges had been filed as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Police did not identify anyone else who was involved in the crash.

Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman, wrote on Twitter earlier Monday that one person had been taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a second person was taken to the hospital with injuries considered non-life threatening.

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