Firefighters Involved in Crash on Way to Fire

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On Feb. 14 at approximately 1:30 p.m. fire departments from Second District (Valley Lee) and both Bay District Stations were responding to a report of a working house fire in the Drayden area of the county. Engine 91, out of the California station operated by Deputy Chief Shawn Downs, responded with equipment out of the Lexington Park station.

While proceeding down Maryland Route 246 near the State Route 5 intersection, Downs lost control of the 1987 pumper/tanker and the apparatus spun around in the road. As a result, the cab of the truck on the driver’s side impacted a frozen snow bank on the side of the road. After striking the frozen snow bank, the pumper/tanker then spun around again impacting the large traffic signal pole at the Rt. 246 and Rt. 5 intersection.

After the impact the pumper/tanker came to rest against the pole up on the concrete island. Downs and passenger Sgt. Iagnemmo were trapped in the cab of the apparatus for a short period of time. Firefighters Coombs, Stanley, Clark and Culbert were riding in the crew cab of the pumper/tanker. Downs, Iagnemmo, and Culbert were transported to St. Mary's Hospital by the Lexington Park Rescue Squad, where they were treated and released with minor injuries mostly bumps and bruises, and all are resting at home.

More details will be released as they become available. The accident remains under investigation. Many citizens responded to the scene to offer assistance. Firefighters wish express thanks to all who came to provide help.

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