MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Just after 9:30 am, January 7, 2015, several Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department units were alerted to a crash with injuries. Fire/EMS units were responding to 6422 Old Branch Avenue for a 911 report of a vehicle striking a building.
While on the way to this incident the engine from the Clinton Fire/EMS Station 825 was involved in their own crash. The Clinton Engine had all emergency warning lights on and siren sounding while approaching the intersection of Old Branch Ave and Kirby Road when a civilian vehicle made a sudden lane change directly into their path of travel causing a collision.
A civilian female occupant was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No firefighters were injured. The driver of the civilian vehicle was cited by the County Police for causing the crash.
Damage to the civilian vehicle is estimated at $10,000. Damage to the Fire Department Engine is estimated at $20,000 with the majority of damage being to the waterway. The waterway is the piping or plumbing that allows engines to receive water from a fire hydrant into the engines pump and distributed through hose lines.
The original call for service that Engine 825 was responding to was handled by other units that reported no injuries and no damage to the building.
The firefighter driving the engine, as a matter of standard operating procedure, went through a post-accident screening for drugs and alcohol.