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Rte. 197 reopens after severe crash

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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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By Michael Bolden  |  April 27, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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Comments

Let's hope someone caught it all on video. Looks like a good one to watch on TV!

Posted by: checkered1 | April 27, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

There are some crazy drivers out there. Rt. 50, 301, 197. Watch out. Oh yeah, the stunt motorcyclists popping wheelies, too.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | April 27, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Those are some crazy pictures.

Posted by: member8 | April 28, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

These are the results of driving too fast, too close to other vehicles and not paying attention to the traffic while driving. Obey the speed limit, drive a proper distance from other vehicles and pay attention to what you are doing [not talking on the phone or disciplining your kids by turning around in the driver seat while driving]. Until people simply drive and not multitask while driving this type of thing will become more common. Stupid, inept and unfocused people should not drive.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 28, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Uh -- this IS Prince George's County, folks.
"Little D.C." With all that entails ... okay?

Posted by: kinkysr | April 28, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The accident occurred when a vehicle swerved into an opposing lane to avoid hitting a school bus, officials said.

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Sounds like someone not paying attention. Can the WaPo follow up with charges pending against this driver -- reckless/careless driving?

Posted by: member8 | April 28, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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