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A collision between a motorcycle and a car has left at least one man seriously injured, and is causing significant traffic delays in Gaithersburg as of Monday afternoon, police said.

The collision took place at the intersection of Great Seneca Highway and Longdraft Road at 1:43 p.m., said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. The department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit, which is called in to investigate serious injury and fatal traffic incidents, was on the scene as of 2:30 p.m. to determine what might have caused the collision, she said.

Meanwhile, the motorcyclist, an adult male, was rushed to a local hospital trauma center with serious, life-threatening injuries, Innocenti said. Emergency medical personnel also transported another patient to a local hospital as a result of the collision, but no patient information was available for that individual, said Beth Anne Nesselt, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman.

“There was no trauma code for that patient, so they just simply went for an evaluation,” she said. “For non-life-threatening injuries.”

Names of the victims were unavailable Monday afternoon, Innocenti and Nesselt said.

“We’ll wait until the Collision Reconstruction Unit gets done with their investigation before we compile and release any of that information or a detailed report on the [incident],” Innocenti said.

As of 3 p.m., the stretch of Great Seneca between Mateny Road and Md. 124 was closed pending the completion of the reconstruction unit’s investigation, Innocenti said.

“We’re asking people to obviously just avoid the area during the investigation,” she said.

jarias@gazette.net