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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Departmental Crash on Beltway

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

A crash on the Beltway this morning involved a civilian vehicle and a paramedic unit that was transporting a patient to the hospital.  The incident occurred just before 12:30 am, Thursday, July 21, 2011, on the Beltway near Branch Avenue.

Medic 826, from the District Heights Fire/EMS Station, was transporting a patient to a hospital when a civilian vehicle forced them off the road and into a guardrail.   The crash injured the two Firefighter/Medics, 2 civilians and caused significant damage to the paramedic unit. 

Additional Fire/EMS units responded to the scene and completed the transport of the original patient on board the medic unit to the hospital.  The original patient did not appear to have suffered any injuries as a result of the crash.   The four patients injured in the crash were transported to area hospitals for their non-life threatening injuries. The two career Firefighter/Medics were transported to a Trauma Center, treated and released.

The paramedic unit sustained damages estimated at $100,000 and could be a total loss.  The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the crash.

Damage is estimated at $100,000 to the Paramedic Unit. (PGFD PHOTO)