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Glenarden man dies in fiery crash

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Published on: Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Jim Davis

A 70-year-old Glenarden man was killed in a fiery crash Monday afternoon in Springdale.

Just after 12:30 p.m., Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department was dispatched to Martin Luther King Highway near Whitfield Chapel Road for a reported automobile on fire with a person trapped.

Prior to fire units arriving on the scene, Prince George’s County Police Department patrol units arrived on the scene and reported a person was still inside the burning vehicle.

According to PGPD spokeswoman Julie Parker, a 21-year veteran officer assigned to the department’s Intelligence Unit and a 23-year veteran officer assigned to District III attempted to break the windshield to rescue the trapped victim, but the intense flames forced them back. 

Despite the help of these two officers and a third patrol officer assigned to the department’s Special Operations Division, as well as an unidentified civilian, the driver died in the fiery crash, Parker said. 

The 21-year veteran officer suffered first- and second-degree burns to his hands and face during the rescue attempt. He was transported to a local hospital, Parker said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Mercury Mountaineer was traveling westbound on Martin Luther King Highway when it hit a guardrail just before the overpass to the Beltway. The SUV careened sideways down the roadway until it came to rest on its driver’s side on the overpass and caught fire.

The accident is under investigation by PGPD Collision Analysis Reconstruction Unit.

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