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Crash at Maryland intersection injures volunteer fire chief

When a car accident takes place, people in Maryland expect to be attended to by emergency services personnel within a reasonable amount of time. So when an accident occurs that involves one of those public servants, it makes what can be a dramatic situation all the more concerning.

Earlier this week, a chief in the Fallston, Maryland, volunteer fire company was on his way to a nearby accident. As he approached an intersection, lights and sirens activated, in his 2010 Ford truck, an oncoming vehicle failed to heed the signals and slammed into the fire truck.

After the impact, the emergency vehicle struck two more vehicles. Yet another vehicle was hit by debris from the collision. At least four people were taken to hospitals and several others at the scene declined medical attention. The fire chief was apparently the most seriously hurt; he was taken in an ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

While the results of the accident were plainly evident, the cause was murkier. What caused the car to disregard the audible and visual warnings emanating from the emergency vehicle? The driver of that car had a passenger -- was he distracting the driver? Or was the driver on the phone or otherwise engaged?

Over time, more may be known about what led to the accident. Thankfully, there were no fatal injuries; in fact, considering the speed of the vehicles and the heavily traveled intersection at which the crash occurred, it is fortunate that more people were not hurt.

Source: Explore Harford, "Fallston fire chief taken to shock trauma after four-vehicle accident," Kayla Bawroski, May 29, 2012

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