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Updated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 6.


The lone driver involved in a serious accident in the Rock Spring area of Harford County Saturday afternoon died not long after the accident, police confirmed Monday.

Michael Leroy Jackson, 65, of Street, was driving a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup truck north on the Bel Air Bypass when the pickup crossed into the lanes for southbound traffic and ran into a tree near the ramp leading from southbound Route 24 onto the southbound bypass, according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

Late Saturday afternoon, state police characterized the situation as “very serious,” but were unable provide a report on injuries or an explanation of what had happened.

Mr. Jackson received medical attention minutes after the collision, but did not recover, according to a state police news release.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The state police news release indicates the road was closed for about an hour and 45 minutes after the accident.

Marked and unmarked police vehicles were still stationed at both ramp access points from Route 24 and where the on-ramp merges with the bypass around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The accident remains under investigation. It was unclear Tuesday whether some kind of medical issue or other circumstance contributed to the crash.

“We’ve got to wait and see what the autopsy tells us,” Lt. Charles Moore, commander of the state police Bel Air Barrack, said Tuesday.

Moore said if the autopsy determines a medical problem caused Mr. Jackson’s death prior to the crash, the accident could be categorized as a death investigation and not counted among fatal accident statistics.

For now, however, Mr. Jackson’s is the sixth death on Harford County roads this year.

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