Van crashes into garage in Glenn Dale
A van smashed into a garage in the Glenn Dale area of Prince George's County Monday morning after the van's driver apparently swerved to avoid a police cruiser that had struck a deer on Enterprise Road, authorities said.
The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at a home in the 11800 block of Meadowland Drive, said Cpl. Evan Baxter, a Prince George's County police spokesman.
The van's driver was taken to the hospital for injuries to his face, but they were not believed to be life-threatening, Baxter said. The officer was not hurt, and no one was inside the attached garage at the time of the crash, he said.
The odd sequence of events began when a deer ran onto Enterprise Road in front of a Prince George's County police cruiser that was headed in the direction of Route 450, Baxter said. The officer stopped to avoid hitting the deer and made only minimal contact with the animal, he said.
The van, which was driving in the same direction behind the officer, swerved to avoid rear-ending the cruiser, Baxter said. In the process, he said, it struck the deer and traveled a significant distance up Enterprise Road, across Meadowland Drive and into the garage.
Investigators were still trying to piece together how the van was able to travel so far, Baxter said.
| February 28, 2011; 12:47 PM ET
Categories: Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Traffic Accidents
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