Fire engine, pickup collide in Crofton

February 11, 2010

An Anne Arundel County fire engine and a Toyota pickup 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 responding to a call at 2:53 a.m. 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 pickup truck driver as William David Edings, 25, of the 1000 block of New Dawn Lane, Odenton. It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate Edings from his 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.

-Andrea F. Siegel


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