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Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Public safety personnel may have been exposed to radiation at Glenn Dale crash site


Prince George’s County firefighters and paramedics evacuate the driver of a pick-up truck involved in a crash in Glenn Dale Monday. Investigators later found radiation was leaking for a device thrown from the truck during the crash. (Photo courtesy of Prince George’s County Fire/EMS)
Prince George’s County public safety personnel who responded Monday to a crash in Glenn Dale may have been exposed to moderate amounts of radiation.

The situation started when county police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a two-vehicle crash around 12:45 p.m. Monday at the intersection Hillmeade Road and Woodmore Boulevard. They found the drivers of an overturned work van and a pick-up truck were trapped inside their vehicles. The male driver of the van managed to get out through the windshield. Firefighters removed the male driver of the pick-up truck through the vehicle’s passenger door. Both drivers went to a local trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to fire officials.

Once the drivers were on their way to the trauma center, investigators began examining the debris strewn out of the pick-up truck. Among the debris was a portable soil density gauge — a device that uses small amounts of radioactive material to measure the density of soil and asphalt, fire officials said.

The county fire department’s hazmat team determined a moderate amount of radiation was leaking from the device. The company that owns the device arrived and removed it from the scene.

The police officers, firefighters and paramedics at the scene, as well as Mark E. Brady, the county fire department’s chief spokesman, were notified they may have been exposed to the radiation. There are no immediate concerns about the health of those potentially exposed.

By Jimm Phillips  |  08:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012

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