Maryland Firefighters Injured in Violent Crash

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) – Four Prince George’s County Firefighters have been taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries after a violent crash on the Capital Beltway in Landover early Wednesday morning.

Audio: P.G. Beltway Crash involving Fire Engine
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According to Maryland State Police, the collision involving a fire truck, a tractor trailer, and a Jeep occurred just before 3:00 a.m. on the Inner Loop of I-495 just south of Route 50. MSP confirms the crash has sent a total of 7 patients to local hospitals by ambulance and medevac.

Chief Alicia Francis, spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department, is on the scene and confirms four of the seven patients are firefighters.  One of them has been taken to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, which specializes in severe limb injuries.  He is said to be in critical condition. The conditions of the other three firefighters at PG Trauma have been upgraded and may be released soon, says the fire chief.

According to Chief Francis, the driver of the tractor trailer and two victims from the Jeep were taken to Medstar. Right now the severity of the civilians’ injuries are unknown.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor is also at the scene and tells WUSA*9 reporter Delia Goncalves the crash occurred when Fire Engine 828 out of West Lanham Hills was heading back home after responding to a call.  Chief Bashoor says it appears the engine was struck by the tractor trailer from behind, sending both vehicles into the concrete barrier separating the Inner and Outer Loops. This initial collision sent wreckage and concrete debris into the northbound lanes of the Beltway, where a Jeep was also caught up in the crash.

Travel lanes of the Outer Loop south of Rt. 50 are open. The Inner Loop is expected to remain blocked through the morning rush.

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