Three children, woman injured in collision with city firetruck

June 02, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An 11-year-old girl was critically injured last night and two other children and a woman suffered injuries when the sport utility vehicle they were in collided with a Baltimore Fire Department vehicle responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres said Engine No. 8 was westbound in the 1500 block of W. Lafayette Ave. about 8: 12 p.m. when it collided with a 1998 Ford Explorer that was being driven north in the 900 block of N. Gilmor St.

The Ford then struck a parked car and turned over onto its passenger side, ejecting the girl through a window and pinning her under the vehicle, said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman.

Rowe said several men freed the trapped child.

The girl and the SUV driver were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the girl was in critical condition, Torres said. The driver's condition was unknown.

Two other children, ages 5 and 6, were treated for undetermined injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Torres said.

Torres said the firetruck was on its way to a call in the 1800 block of Riggs Ave. when the driver of the SUV ran a red light. He said the call was a false alarm.

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