Firefighter in Critical Condition
A PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIRE & EMS engine was involved in a traffic accident early Wednesday morning that injured seven people, including four firefighters. One of the FF's is reported to be in critical condition.
Fire Department officials are saying that the West Lanham Hills Engine 828 was traveling on the Capital Beltway near Rte. 50 just before 3 am, returning from a call to an earlier accident, when it was rear-ended at speed by a tractor-trailer. The violent impact drove the pumper into the concrete lane barrier and caused both trucks to roll over. A third vehicle, a private SUV was also struck by the fire engine and it careened across the traffic lanes.
Chief Alicia Francis, spokeswoman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, is on the scene and confirms four of the seven patients are firefighters. One of them has been taken to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, which specializes in severe limb injuries. He is said to be in critical condition. The conditions of the other three firefighters at PG Trauma have been upgraded and may be released soon, says the fire chief.
According to Chief Francis, the driver of the tractor trailer and two victims from the Jeep were taken to Medstar. Right now the severity of the civilians' injuries are unknown.
WTTG-TV recently posted this video report from the scene:
This story may be updated later if any further information warrants it.
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