Fire­fighter in­jured in crash re­spond­ing to call

Both driv­ers taken to hospital with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries, au­thor­i­ties say

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A Wal­dorf vol­un­teer fire­fighter was in­jured in a crash while re­spond­ing to an emer­gency call on Tues­day morn­ing, au­thor­i­ties say. He and the man that struck his emer­gency ve­hi­cle were taken to the hospital with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

Around 10:40 a.m., a 28-year-old fire­fighter was en route to a brush fire, trav­el­ing west on Route 5, when his spe­cial­ized Ford F-350 “brush unit” was struck by a GMC Yukon while cross­ing U.S. 301, ac­cord­ing to a Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesper­son. The fire ve­hi­cle had its emer­gency lights en­gaged and slowly en­tered the in­ter­sec­tion be­fore the col­li­sion.

The fire­fighter and the driver of the Yukon, Steven Paul Lawrence, 48, of Wal­dorf, were taken to the hospital with non­life threat­en­ing in­juries, po­lice said. Lawrence was charged with fail­ure to yield the right of way to an emer­gency ve­hi­cle af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted.

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