Girl hurt in wreck still critical

Vehicle apparently ran red traffic light, was hit by fire engine

June 03, 2000|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

An 11-year-old girl clung to life yesterday following Thursday night's accident in which a sports utility vehicle driven by her mother collided with a 20-ton firetruck at a West Baltimore intersection.

Andrea Barnes, who lives three blocks from the crash scene at West Lafayette Avenue and North Gilmor Street, was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said her injuries, which were not specified, are life-threatening.

Two other children in the car were injured in the 8: 15 p.m. accident -- Tiffany Pervis, 6, and her brother, Marvin Pervis, 5. They were treated at and released from Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police said Tiffany suffered a broken leg.

Their mother, Andretta D. Miller of the 1200 block of N. Gilmor St., was released from Shock Trauma Thursday night, spokeswoman Barbara Crawford said.

Police said they have not determined who was at fault in the crash.

While the accident remains under investigation, police said preliminary information indicates that Miller, driving a 1988 Ford Explorer, went through a red light moments after Engine 8 pulled out of a station responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters pushed a button before leaving the station that turns all traffic lights in a two-block radius to red, with the exception of one on westbound Lafayette Avenue, which emergency vehicles use.

Police said the Ford Explorer was headed north on Gilmor when it was struck by the fire engine, flipping the Explorer over.

Andrea was thrown from the vehicle.

The impact trapped other occupants inside; two people walking by at the time were hit by flying debris.

The driver of the fire engine was identified by police as firefighter Steven Paul Zaicko, 44. He was not injured.

Torres said officials tested the switches that turn the lights red Thursday night and determined that they were working properly.

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