Seven People Killed on Hyattsville, Md. Area Roads in Four Days

Worst String of Accidents for HVFD in Recent Memory

Two Men Die in Adelphi Road Crash

Two men died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12 when their car crashed into a tree in
the 6700 block of Adelphi Road. Squad-1 responded with a fill-in crew shortly
after 4pm and were relieved by HVFD crews following an event.
Both victims were extricated after police concluded their investigation at about 6pm.

Accident Claims PGPD Officer

Squad-1 was on the scene Friday, Nov. 10 of a tragic accident that claimed the
life of Prince
George's County Police Officer Kilonzo Mwai Masembwa, 26. He was killed when
his cruiser struck a pole in heavy rain in the 7300 block of New Hampshire Ave.
in Takoma Park at about 2:30 a.m. [Funeral Info/Journal News Story]

Four Killed, Four Seriously Injured in Queens Chapel Road Collision

NOV 9 -- Three adults and a young child were killed in a horrific collision in the 3000 block of Queens
Chapel Road in Mount Rainier Wednesday night, Nov. 8. Five other people, including three children, were seriously
injured in the two-car crash -- one remained on life support early Thursday.

At about 9 p.m., the HVFD was alerted to the accident in Co. 3's area by a telephone call
at about the same time reports began to come into 911. An engine and ambulance
from the Mount Rainier station, Rescue Squad 1 and Ambulance 18 from the HVFD, and
PGFD Medic 4 were dispatched and arrived on the scene within about two minutes of

According to Prince George's County Police, a Lincoln Continental travelling the wrong way -- westbound in the eastbound lanes of Queens Chapel Road slammed into a Chevy Nova. Three
adults -- a male driver about 30-year-old and two women ages 23 and 44 -- and two young children were in the Nova, which spun around and came to rest in the
median of the six-lane highway against a utility pole.

The Lincoln, occupied by an adult male driver and two children -- boys ages 5 months and 11-years-old, also
ended up in the median about 40 yards from the Nova. Occupants were trapped
in both vehicles, which flipped over several times, witnesses said.

HVFD firefighters assisted Medic 4 to initiate CPR on a 2-year-old girl from the Nova, who
was still in her child seat (pictured above) and immediately taken to Children's Hospital
in Washington, D.C. where she was revived but taken off life support Thursday.

It was not known if the child seat was
ejected, or removed prior to the fire department's arrival by bystanders or police.

Rescue Squad 1 immediately started rescue and extrication operations on the Nova, as a
second rescue squad from Cottage City Station 2 was dispatched for the Lincoln up the road.
Additional fire and EMS units were dispatched to assist in the mass casualty incident.

A 5-year-old boy also in the Nova suffered serious traumatic injuries and was also listed in
critical condition at Children's. One of the women was extricated and prepared for
transport within about 20 minutes of the initial dispatch. She was pronounced dead a
short time later at MedStar, suffering
multiple traumatic injuries.

The male driver and second adult female passenger in the Nova were pronounced dead on the scene.
They were both extricated by Rescue Squad 1 after the medical examiner and police concluded
their investigation.

Rescue Squad 2 extricated victims from the Lincoln, which was overturned. The boys were taken to Children's Hospital as Priority-2 traumas. They were listed in good condition early Thursday.
The adult male driver was listed in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Queens Chapel Road was closed for several hours as police conducted an investigation into
why the Lincoln was travelling in the wrong direction. A police spokeswoman told
local media that the same vehicle was involved in an accident in Washington, D.C. earlier
Wednesday and that it had been speeded at the time of this accident.

Units on Call: Rescue Squad 1, Ambulance 18 & Chief 1 (HVFD); Engine 33, Chief 3B &
Ambulance 39 (Mount Rainier); Engine 441, Ambulance 449 (Chillum); Rescue Squad 2 (Cottage City);
Ambulances 77 (Riverdale) and 98 (Bladensburg); Engine 41 (Brentwood); PGFD Medics 4 (Brentwood)
and 12 (College Park); PGFD EMS-1 (Supervisor); Division Chief 1, Division Chief 2,
PGFD Special Operations Commander; PGFD Car 66; Car 610 (PIO); Numerous other command and
support personnel.

[This message has been edited by WebTeam (edited 11-13-2000).]