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Dirt-bike operator, 12, seriously injured in Maryland collision

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A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured when his dirt bike collided with a 1992 Ford van in Anne Arundel County, police said.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the 500 Block of Friendship Road, near Herring Bay.

An investigation found that the van was passing the dirt bike in the westbound lane of Friendship Road when the bike abruptly turned into the van's path without any notice. The van's driver, a 49-year-old man, tried to avoid hitting the bike but was unable to do so.

After the van struck the bike and the boy operating it, the van dragged the bike for a short distance because the bike had gotten lodged underneath it. The boy was separated from his vehicle and came to a rest in the roadway, Anne Arundel County police said.

The boy sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries, and the van's driver was uninjured.

Police believe that the crash was caused by an error on the boy's part. He was illegally operating the dirt bike in the roadway, but no charges had been placed as of Sunday morning though the investigation is continuing.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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