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Firefighters' pickup involved in collision in Columbia

Howard County police investigators are trying to determine what caused the collision of multiple vehicles on Friday, Aug. 26, in Columbia. The accident involved a pickup truck owned and operated by the Howard County Fire and Rescue squad, as well as several civilian vehicles.

State route 175 was shut down where it intersects with Dobbin Road for about three hours while authorities investigated.

According to police, the accident occurred as firefighters were en route to an apartment fire. The pickup had its emergency apparatus activated at the moment it got hit by a 28-year-old woman driving a Toyota Scion. The impact caused the firefighters' pickup truck to then strike three additional vehicles on MD 175 west — a Ford Ranger, Toyota van and Ford Edge. The drivers were waiting to turn left on Dobbin Road heading south.

As it was on its way to a fire call, the pickup proceeded with lights and siren through the red light at Dobbin Road. The driver of the Scion failed to yield to the emergency vehicle and drove through the green light into its path.

Two firefighters were transported to Howard County General Hospital, along with the driver of the van, a Laurel woman, 45. The Scion driver, who is from Columbia, was treated at University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, police reported.

The 36-year-old man in the Ranger, a Baltimore resident, and the Edge driver, a woman from Essex, 54, both refused treatment.

None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening.

If you get hurt in a multi-vehicle collision with one or more trucks, it may be necessary to pursue claims against several defendants in a civil suit.

Source: The Washington Post, "Multi-vehicle accident in Md. involved fire department truck," Aug. 26, 2016

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