CONOWINGO — Three people were airlifted to regional hospitals and a fourth was transported by ambulance Friday after a crash involving two motorcycles and a car, forcing a three-hour road closure, according to Maryland State Police.

The traffic accident occurred in the 600 block of Conowingo Road at approximately 5:30 p.m., when a gold 2004 Buick that was traveling in the southbound lane struck one of two northbound motorcycles, police said, adding that each motorcyclist had a passenger.

"The impact from the first contact caused that motorcycle to strike the other motorcycle. Both operators and their passengers were ejected from the motorcycles," an MSP spokesman said.

Three helicopter crews — two with MSP and one with Delaware State Police helicopter — were dispatched to the crash scene, according to police. Two of the injured people were flown to University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, while a third was flown to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, police said.

An ambulance crew drove the remaining injured person to Christiana Hospital, police added.

Assisted by a State Highway Administration crew, emergency workers closed a portion of Conowingo Road, between Merry Knoll and Rocks Springs roads, for more than three hours, according to police. An MSP accident reconstruction team conducted an on-scene investigation, police reported.

As of early Saturday afternoon, investigators were withholding the names of the people involved in the crash, pending notification to their families, the MSP spokesman said.

With the investigation ongoing, MSP officials are asking anyone who might have witnessed the crash to call the agency's North East Barrack at 410-996-7800 and reference case #19MSP028194.

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