Photos by PGFD Chief Marc Bashoor.
Seven people are injured, including four firefighters, after a serious crash on the Capital Beltway involving a fire engine and a tractor-trailer in suburban Maryland.
Prince George's County fire officials say the tractor-trailer rear-ended the fire engine just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. That caused both trucks to flip over and strike an SUV on other side of the highway. The SUV also overturned.
The crash happened on the Inner Loop of Interstate 495 just south of U.S. 50. Both sides of the Capital Beltway were closed after the crash. Now one lane is open in each direction, and there is a long traffic backup.
The firefighters are from the West Lanham station.
Chief Alicia Francis, spokeswoman for Prince George's County Fire and Rescue, confirmed four of the seven patients are firefighters. One firefighter was taken to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, which specializes in severe limb injuries. He is said to be in critical condition. The conditions of the other three firefighters were upgraded and they were released.