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Michael Phelps Unhurt In 2-vehicle Baltimore Crash

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was not injured when the SUV he was driving collided with another car in Baltimore, but the other driver was taken to a hospital.

Police said Friday they had no updates on the woman who was driving the other car. She was described as "shaken up" and taken to a hospital as a precaution after the crash Thursday night. Cindy Rivers, a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, said she could not provide any information without the woman's name, which has not been released.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Phelps has been interviewed by police and alcohol was not a factor. No citations were issued and the accident was being investigated, with a report perhaps available Friday, Guglielmi said.

There is a traffic light at the intersection, but when asked for details about how the crash occurred and whether anyone was at fault, police said they were still investigating.

Two passengers in Phelps' Cadillac Escalade were not injured, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The other car was a Honda Accord.

Phelps' SUV had a crumpled hood and was on a tow truck. The gray Accord had considerable damage on the front driver side.

Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Most recently he earned five golds and a silver over eight days at the world swimming championships earlier this month.

Phelps has had brushes with the law in the past. USA Swimming suspended him earlier this year for three months after a British tabloid published a photo of him using a marijuana pipe. The Richland County, S.C., sheriff's office investigated the photo but found there wasn't enough evidence to charge Phelps.

In an earlier incident, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired shortly after he won six golds and two bronzes at the 2004 Athens Olympics. A Maryland state trooper had pulled him over after Phelps ran a stop sign. He was sentenced to 18 months' probation.

John Cadigan, a senior coach with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, one of two swim clubs operated by Phelps and his coach, said he hadn't talked to Phelps about the crash Friday and didn't know anything more than what was in the media.

Cadigan said Phelps is not scheduled to be back in practice there until next week, but didn't say whether he would be at the club on Friday.


Associated Press Writer Aaron Morrison contributed to this story.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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