Accidents Put Greenbelt Fire Engines Out of Commission

Another Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department engine was severly damaged after a car showed disregard for warning lights and slammed into its rear and side.

The engine was being used as barrier protection for civilians, emergency personnel, and units from Greenbelt, West Lanham Hills and Berwyn Heights, which were working on an initial beltway crash.

The driver was taken into custody by Maryland State Police and was charged with numerous traffic violations and was to be tested for impairment.

A bit later, another vehicle, seemingly oblivious to the warning lights, struck the car and narrowly missed hitting firefighters. That driver immediately fled the scene but was stopped about a half mile down the road by law enforcement.

Damages to Greenbelt’s engine are in excess of $30,000. But it is not the only Greenbelt fire engine out of commission.

The department’s second engine was damaged significantly and two firefighters were injured in a crash on Saturday, Sept. 1, because a vehicle failed to yield right-of-way.

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