Md. Fire Rescue Rig Swerves to Avoid Fatal Collision

A Howard County Fire & Rescue vehicle nearly collided with a man in a pickup truck who appears to have suffered a medical emergency and died in a crash.


Feb. 02--A 54-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday after his car ran into a curb and overturned in Columbia.

Henry Walter Atkins III, of Severna Park, suffered from a medical condition that may have caused him to lose control of his 2005 Ford pickup, Howard County police said.

Atkins was driving his truck northeast on Columbia Gateway Drive near Robert Fulton Drive at about 1:20 p.m. when the vehicle left the road, struck an embankment and flipped onto its side, police said.

A Howard County Fire & Rescue vehicle driving in the opposite direction had to swerve to avoid being hit, police said. Rescuers found Atkins slumped over the wheel of his car, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Columbia Gateway Drive was closed to traffic in the area of the crash for about two hours.

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