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Friday, June 5, 2009

Engine Involved in Crash with Civilian Vehicle - 5 Injured

Paramedic Engine 842 from Oxon Hill was involved in a motor vehicle crash involving minor injuries. At about 11:15 AM, Friday, June 05, 2009, while en route to a crash on the Capitol Beltway with emergency warning devices activated, Paramedic Engine 842 was rear ended by a civilian vehicle at Branch Avenue and Auth Way in Silver Hill. The four firefighters on-board the engine will be transported to an area hospital for a check-up, however, injuries appear minor. The civilian involved in the crash has also been transported to an area hospital for a check-up with injuries that appear to be non-serious.

The engine will be placed out-of-service until the unit can be inspected. Additional firefighters will be called into work to cover for the injured firefighters.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the crash. It is unknown what caused the crash and if any charges will be placed.

Natural Gas Leak at Census Bureau HQ

At about 10:00 AM, Friday, June 05, 2009, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to a release of natural gas at a large government campus. Fire/EMS units responded to the Census Bureau Headquarters at 4600 Silver Hill Road in Suitland and discovered a piece of construction equipment operating in the area of the North Garage struck and broke a 4-inch natural gas line. The site is a secure federal property and houses several buildings of various sizes and occupancies. Firefighters are checking nearby buildings and taking atmospheric readings and have determined that the product is not entering the federal office buildings. The employees are not in any danger and have been instructed to “shelter-in-place” until the release of natural gas is contained. One building near the release site has been evacuated of the 30 employees and they have moved over to another building.

The Washington Gas Company is on location and should have the gas line crimped momentarily. At that point the emergency will be over and operations at the facility will return to normal.