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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Single Vehicle Crash on BW Parkway in Beltsville

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics responded to a horrific crash scene this morning that was troubling for even the most seasoned first responders.  At about 2:15 am, Saturday, August 13, a single vehicle crash occurred on southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Powder Mill Road in Beltsville.  For whatever reason, an SUV left the roadway and collided with a large tree.  The collision was so violent that several occupants were ejected and others trapped within the wreckage.  There were 2 fatal injuries on the scene with another five transported, 4 children, to area hospitals in critical condition, some with life threatening injuries.

As of early this morning three vehicle occupants had succumbed to injuries.  An adult and teen-aged female were pronounced deceased on the scene and a 3 month old was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  An adult male, 20ish, was transported by meda-vac helicopter to a Trauma Center in Baltimore.  Paramedics and a meda-vac helicopter transported three children, all 13 years of age and younger, to a Trauma Center for Children

The Fire/EMS Department had responded with 35 personnel on-board 3 engines (Greenbelt, Beltsville and Laurel Rescue), a Heavy Duty Rescue Squad (Berwyn Heights), 3 Paramedic Units (Laurel, College Park and Glenn Dale), 3 Ambulances (Greenbelt, Beltsville and Laurel Rescue), an EMS Supervisor (EMS 1) and additional incident commanders.  The US Park Police and Maryland State Police Trooper helicopters assisted with transport of patients to Trauma Centers.

The United States Park Police are investigating the crash and will be the lead agency in release of any additional information.

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