3 injured in tractor, firetruck collision Northern Parkway crash sends Baltimore firefighters to hospital

November 22, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

Three Baltimore firefighters suffered minor injuries yesterday when a tractor collided with their firetruck while it was stopped in the intersection of Northern Parkway and Preakness Way, a fire official said.

Officer Michael Maybin, assistant public information officer for the Fire Department, said four firefighters were in the truck at the time of the crash. Two were taken to Mercy Medical Center, he said, and Matthew Petty, the driver of the firetruck, was taken to Sinai Hospital. All three were treated and released, he said. Maybin did not release the names of the other firefighters.

Lt. Joseph Russell, Northern District shift commander, said the firetruck, in the westbound lanes of Northern Parkway, was stopped in the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto Preakness Way about 2: 10 p.m. yesterday. The tractor was heading east on Northern Parkway and hit the firetruck in the front on the driver's side after it swerved around a pickup truck that had stopped in its path, he said.

The tractor was severely damaged. The firetruck was towed to the Fire Department's repair facility, Russell said.

The police and fire departments differed on the number of injuries. Russell said two firefighters were taken to Sinai Hospital and two others were taken to Mercy Medical Center. Russell did not know the names of the firefighters, who he said were treated and released.

The tractor driver, who also was not identified, was not hurt. No charges have been filed, pending completion of a police investigation, Russell said.

The firefighters were not responding to a call, officials said.

"They were just out on the street," Maybin said. "If they were responding to a call, I don't see why they would stop at an intersection."

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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