Rte. 197 reopens after severe crash
Crash scene on Route 197 near Grason Lane in Bowie. (Prince George's County Fire/EMS)
6:35 p.m. Update: Route 197 has reopened, according to Prince George's County authorities.
6:20 p.m. Update: Officials said 35 fire and EMS personnel responded to the accident. The ffort included six ambulances, one paramedic unit, two engine companies and one heavy-duty rescue squad.
6:10 p.m. Update: The road is still closed, according to authorities. The accident occurred when a vehicle swerved into an opposing lane to avoid hitting a school bus, officials said.
Here is the latest from Prince George's County authorities: A man and a woman were trapped in separate vehicles, but were rescued by emergency crews. They were both transported to a trauma center with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. Five others, including a woman, her son, two teenage boys and a teenage girl were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Three adults were evaluated at the scene. Bowie police are investigating.
5:50 p.m. Update: According to Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, the injuries are all non-life-threatening. Two victims suffered serious head injuries, and others suffered minor injuries.
Original post: Route 197 in Prince George's County is closed between Route 450 and Old Chapel Road after a five-vehicle crash in the area left as many as 10 people with injuries, police and fire officials said.
The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. on Route 197 near Grason Lane, police said. It involved five vehicles, including a school bus without any students on board, police said.
A fire official Tweeted that the incident, which involved multiple vehicles and entrapment, might have produced up to 10 patients, but no one on the bus was injured. A police spokesman said he could not immediately confirm reports of injuries because medical personnel were still examining those on the scene.
The circumstances and cause of the crash remain unknown.
-- Matt Zapotosky
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