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Emergency Vehicle Struck Broadside En Route to Fire

Authorities are investigating a crash between a civilian and a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department supervisor en route to a fire call.

Authorities are investigating a crash between a civilian and a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department supervisor en route to a fire call. Credit: Prince George's County Fire/EMS
Authorities are investigating a crash between a civilian and a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department supervisor en route to a fire call. Credit: Prince George's County Fire/EMS

An emergency medical services supervisor en route to a townhouse fire in Largo is in the hospital after his SUV was struck by a driver who went around stopped traffic at an intersection, says a news release from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Firefighters from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station 846 were tackling a fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. As is standard procedure, the EMS supervisor was sent to the scene.

At about 12:45 p.m. the supervisor was in a marked Chevrolet Tahoe Fire/EMS Department vehicle with emergency lights and siren on while traveling southbound on Landover Road (Route 202) approaching the intersection of Arena Drive in Largo.

At the intersection, the department says, the EMS supervisor ensured all cross and opposing traffic had stopped when he started to proceed through the intersection. A woman driving an SUV drove around the stopped traffic into the intersection as the EMS supervisor was going through, and the woman’s SUV broadsided the Fire/EMS department unit.

Both drivers were injured in the crash; the female civilian was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The paramedic captain lost consciousness and was taken to a nearby Trauma Center. He regained conscious while on the scene and complained of pain in his back and tingling in some extremities. He has been admitted to the hospital and is undergoing tests.

The Fire/EMS Department Safety Office and county police will investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Robert Curry February 27, 2014 at 08:50 AM
It may, or may NOT have been a issue here, but I have observed instances where emergency vehicles, WITHOUT SIRENS ACTIVE, or sirens that have very LOW OUTPUT, are violating traffic laws enroute to an incident! Emergency equipment, such as lights and sirens, should be checked frequently to be sure adequate VOLUME and DISTANCE COVERAGE is being provided! In one case, the siren of a fire dept ambulance was almost inaudible, less than 1/2 block away, and NO, I did not have the radio playing loudly, or the heat/air conditioning making loud noises! Motorists need ADVANCE warning! Waiting untill the last minute to activate sirens, intermittent usage, or reduced volume/improperly aimed and mounted sirens, endanger us all!

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