PASADENA, Md. (WMAR) - A Bladensburg police officer has died after a crash on Route 100 in Pasadena that may have been caused by a medical emergency.
Police say the single car crash involving a police cruiser happened around 9 a.m. Saturday. The Bladensburg police officer suffered significant injuries and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Investigators say Officer Brian Johnson was off duty at the time but was driving a marked police cruiser.
Johnson was traveling east on Route 100 when his cruiser suddenly crossed the median and struck a westbound vehicle. Investigators say Johnson may have suffered a medical emergency before the accident.
Johnson died later at a hospital. He was a nine-year veteran of the Bladensburg police department.
The driver of the other vehicle was treated and released at the scene.
Westbound Route 100 was closed for several hours near the crash site.
A witness at the scene says rescuers cut the top of the police car off to pull out the officer. Anne Arundel County police have not released the name of the victim.