Firetruck rear-ended in crash on the Belt­way

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Pe­ter Her­mann

Two crashes at the same lo­ca­tion early Satur­day on the in­ner loop of the Wash­ing­ton Belt­way in Mary­land — one in­volv­ing a firetruck — left six peo­ple in­jured and shut down the high­way be­tween 3:30 and 6:30 a.m., ac­cord­ing to po­lice and fire of­fi­cials.

None of the in­juries was life threat­en­ing, the Prince Ge­orge’s County Fire Depart­ment said. Four of the in­jured were fire­fight­ers whose firetruck was rear-ended on In­ter­state 495 near Al­len­town Road.

Mary­land State Po­lice at the Forestville Bar­rack said that shortly be­fore 3:30, a driver fell asleep and struck an unat­tended car on the side of the high­way near Al­len­town Road. Fire­fight­ers and paramedics from Prince Ge­orge’s County re­sponded and used one firetruck to set up a bar­rier so emer­gency work­ers could help the in­jured.

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