One person killed in Md. crash

March 18, 2013

(Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

Update, 2 p.m.: Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire-EMS Department spokesman, said the officer sustained cuts and burns to his hands and face but is expected to survive. He said the officer arrived before the car was on fire and was trying to pull the driver to safety when it “burst into flames.”

— Matt Zapotosky

Original post: One person was killed in a fiery, one-vehicle crash in the Landover area Monday afternoon, and a  Prince George’s County police officer was injured trying to make a rescue, police and fire officials said.

The crash occurred about 12:40 p.m. near Martin Luther King Jr. Highway and Whitfield Chapel Road, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George’s police spokesman. He said a car flipped over, and a person inside was killed.

Prince George’s fire officials wrote on Twitter that a county police officer was hurt while “attempting rescue” at the crash scene. Copeland said he could not immediately confirm that but knew the car involved did not belong to police.

Martin Luther King Jr. Highway is closed over the Beltway in both directions, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Drivers should consider Ardwick Ardmore Road as an alternate route.

— Matt Zapotosky

Mark Berman contributed to this report.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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