AERIAL CRASH IN PG COUNTY, MD

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 directly into the path of the oncoming 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.
The County Police cited the civilian with a traffic violation(s).  Charges are unknown to PGFD and not included in this release.
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.

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