FORESTVILLE – Four Prince George's County firefighters were injured early Saturday morning when the fire truck they were in was rear-ended on the Capitol Beltway by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. on the beltway's inner loop near Allentown Road in Forestville.
According to Mark Brady, spokesperson for Prince's George's County Fire Department, an engine from the Forestville Fire/EMS Station 823 was on location for a personal injury crash providing “barrier protection” for the personnel operating on the scene. A passenger vehicle then struck the stationary engine, causing significant damage to each vehicle.
Four firefighters on board were transported to an area hospital for an evaluation. They were all treated and released later that morning, Brady said.
The two occupants of the passenger vehicle also sustained injuries and were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending on the driver who rear-ended the fire truck.
The inner loop was closed down for several hours by Maryland State Police as Prince George's County Police investigated the accident.