Two people were injured Sunday when a car struck a firetruck that was blocking the site of a previous crash on the Beltway in the Bethesda area, injuring two people, a fire department spokesman said.
Several firetrucks and emergency response crews were on the outer loop of the Beltway between Connecticut Avenue and Rockville Pike to respond to earlier crashes, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said Tuesday. There had been more than five crashes over the course of an hour that morning in that area of the Beltway.
One firetruck, paramedic engine 720 from Bethesda, was blocking a left lane to protect a crew that was still working at a crash site when a car struck its rear at about 6:45 a.m.
Two people in the car were injured, one seriously, and had to be transported to a local hospital. No firefighters were injured, Piringer said, and noted it would likely have been worse if the car crashed directly into the other crash scene.
"Had [the fire truck] not been there, it could have been catastrophic," Piringer said.
The firetruck sustained some damage to its rear while the car was heavily damaged.
Capital Beltway I495 near Connecticut Av, PE720 OS of crash (blocking unit) struck, MCFRS crews ok, striking vehicle 2 injured 1 trauma pic.twitter.com/ik1O9vm083
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 3, 2017