Fire engine collides with car in Crofton

Alcohol a factor, police say

charges expected against Toyota driver

February 10, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel | Baltimore Sun reporter

An Anne Arundel County fire engine and a Toyota truck collided head-on Wednesday morning in Crofton, sending three people to the hospital, officials said.

A fire engine from Station 7, which is on Route 424 just south of Crofton, was returning from a call when the crash occurred on Route 424 near Neuman Way, Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said.

A Toyota Tacoma crossed the center line and struck the fire engine, police Lt. James Fredericks said.

"The investigators don't believe speed was a factor. The investigators believe alcohol is," Fredericks said. Charges are pending.

He identified the driver as William David Edings, of the 1000 block of New Dawn Lane, Odenton.

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate the Tacoma's 25-year-old driver from the vehicle, Thompson said. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two firefighters were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, The driver of the fire engine suffered a knee injury in the crash and another firefighter sustained hand injuries in extricating the Tacoma's driver, Thompson said.

Route 424 was closed from the time of the crash until about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the fire engine was responding to a call. The fire engine was returning from a call. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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