Steady Rains Cause Multiple Crashes
 
By Firefighter Thomas Tanner
February 11, 2018
 

Steady rains in the Washington Metropolitan area contributed to a number of motor vehicle accidents on the Capital Beltway in the vicinity of northbound I-95. The most serious accident occurred just after midnight Sunday morning when a driver lost control on the outer loop before U.S. Route 1 and struck another vehicle before slamming into the slow shoulder concrete wall. Branchville Engine 111 (E811) and Ambulance 119 (A811B) responded along with units from Companies 14 and 35. E835 and E811 provided barrier protection shutting down the three right lanes of the Beltway as the driver of the first vehicle was extricated by Rescue Squad 814 and transported to a local trauma center. The other driver was transported as well with minor injuries.

Units responded to additional minor crashes on I-95 and the Beltway before a second serious crash occurred early Sunday morning on the Inner Loop of I-495 between New Hampshire Avenue and the ramp for I-95. An SUV lost control and crashed head-on into the slow shoulder guardrail and barrier. The driver was transported to a local trauma center by A811B.


About Branchville: The Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad is a 100% volunteer fire station within walking distance of the University of Maryland College Park. The dedicated members of Branchville operate two engines and two ambulances to provide fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the cities of College Park, Berwyn Heights, Greenbelt and surrounding area. Branchville offers a live-in program for students attending the University of Maryland College Park and other area colleges such as University of Maryland University College. Visit our Live-in section on the company website for more information.

 
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
 
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo
Photo by T. Tanner/BVFCo