Driver dead in Gaithersburg head-on crash

A man is dead after two vehicles crashed head-on in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Sunday morning.

Montgomery County fire and rescue personnel were dispatched for a head-on collision between two sedans in the area of Md. Route 117/Clopper Road near Orchard Hills Drive in Gaithersburg just before 6 a.m. Sunday.

A man who was driving one of the two cars, identified as 29-year-old Emil William Cosbert, of Gaithersburg, died on the scene, MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer said. The other driver, 27-year-old Juliette Marie Simon of Cheltenham, was hospitalized with injuries that Montgomery County police described as “non-life threatening.”

Piringer said two other people involved in the crashed were injured. A firefighter responding to the scene also received an injury which was not life-threatening.

The WTOP Traffic Center reported Clopper Road reopened to traffic at 10:20 a.m.. It had been closed both ways between Longdraft Road and W. Watkins Mill Road/Pheasant Run Drive due to the crash investigation.

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WTOP’s Mary de Pompa, Luke Lukert and Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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