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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Pr. George's fire truck, jeep in accident

By Matt Zapotosky

Six people -- including three children -- were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after a Prince George's county fire truck en route to a fire crashed with a Jeep Liberty in the Bladensburg area, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and Decatur Street, authorities said. The ladder truck, which was en route to a possible fire at the University of Maryland, was traveling north on Kenilworth Avenue when it hit the Jeep Liberty, which was traveling on Decatur Street toward Edmonston, said Mark Brady, a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman.

A woman and three children in the Liberty were transported to the hospital for checkups, but their injuries were not thought to be serious, Brady said. Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital with similar injuries, he said. Both vehicles sustained significant damage, authorities said.

Brady said the fire at the University of Maryland was minor and that another unit at the scene was able to extinguish it. He said another truck had been dispatched to replace the one involved in the crash, but it turned out not to be needed.

County police are investigating to determine what caused the crash, Brady said. The driver of the ladder truck will undergo drug and alcohol testing, standard procedure following an accident, Brady said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 18, 2011; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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