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Prince George’s fire captain injured in car crash as he heads to scene of an incident

A fire captain responding to a townhouse fire in Largo is in the hospital after getting struck by a car Tuesday on the way to the scene, authorities said.

The Prince George’s County fire captain was traveling south on Maryland 202 at about 12:30 p.m. in a marked fire department SUV with lights flashing, department spokesman Mark Brady said. As he was going through an intersection, a woman driving a Nissan Altima heading west on Arena Drive hit the SUV.

“Other traffic had stopped to allow him to pass on,” Brady said. “This one vehicle must not have seen him going through the intersection and went around the stopped traffic and struck the fire vehicle.”

The captain was initially unconscious but came to and was taken to the hospital with “potential, serious injuries” that don’t appear to be life-threatening, Brady said. The woman was also taken to a hospital with less serious injuries.

The captain was responding to a house fire on the 600 block of Harry Truman Drive, which was knocked out with no reported injuries, Brady said.

Prince George’s police are investigating the collision.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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