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Thursday, February 6, 2014

PGFD Ladder Truck 832 Sustains Significant Damage in Crash - Civilan and Firefighter Injured

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

A civilian vehicle and a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department ladder truck were involved in a crash this morning injuring both drivers and possibly totaling the 2 vehicles.  At about 7:30 am, Thursday, February 6, a Dodge Ram struck Truck 832 in front of the Fire/EMS Station.  The ladder truck is assigned to the Allentown Road Fire/EMS Station at 8709 Allentown Road in Fort Washington.  The ladder truck was not on a call at the time of the crash.

From what it appears, the civilian vehicle drove around a standing line of traffic into the lane occupied by the ladder truck and colliding.  Each vehicle sustained significant damage to the front-end.

The civilian, an adult male, sustained non-serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.  The civilian vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Ram, sustained significant front-end damage.

The career male driver of the ladder truck, a 10-year veteran, was also transported to an area hospital for evaluation of non-serious injuries.  The employee, as per standard operating procedure, underwent a post-accident screening.  The ladder truck sustained significant front-end damage estimated at about $10,000.  There is a possibility that the truck incurred frame damage, which could total the ladder truck.  Regardless, the ladder truck will be out-of-service for an extended period of time. 

Ladder Truck 832, Allentown Road, is one of the newest pieces of apparatus owned by Prince George’s County.  It is a 2012 Pierce Arrow XT with a 105-foot ladder.  The cost to purchase the truck was $895,000.

The ladder truck will undergo an extensive review to determine the extent of damage.  In addition to the County Police report on the crash the Fire/EMS Department has initiated a safety review of all aspects of the incident.