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Saturday, October 24, 2009

CLINTON CRASH INVOLVES VEHICLE IN WATER

At about 10:10 AM, Saturday, October 24, 2009, EMS units from the Clinton Fire/EMS Station were dispatched to a medical emergency at a home in the 8700 block of Temple Hill Road, however, ended up at the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a critical injury. Ambulance 825 and Paramedic 825 were flagged down in the 8900 block of Temple Hill Road by a citizen while they were responding to the original call. The citizen told medics he could see a vehicle about 30 to 40 feet off the roadway and in a creek. The Firefighter/Medics notified Public Safety Communications of the situation and other nearby EMS units were dispatched to handle the original call. When personnel reached the crash site they observed an unconscious female inside a vehicle which had overturned and was on its roof in a creek. The Firefighter/Medics entered the 2-foot deep creek water and quickly assessed the female occupant and determined she had sustained traumatic injuries, was not breathing and had no pulse. She was removed and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated. She was loaded and immediately transported to a nearby hospital.

Additional Fire/EMS units from the Clinton area, including the Fire/EMS Departments Underwater Rescue Team, responded to the scene and performed additional searches of the vehicle and surrounding area for any additional victims of which none were located. A preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle left the roadway, striking trees and overturning before landing on its roof in the creek. It is unknown when this incident occurred and police are seeking anyone that may have witnessed the crash.

The female crash victim, 20ish years of age, is in extremely critical condition at the hospital. The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the crash.