1 Killed After Stolen Branchville VFD Ambulance Crashes in Greenbelt

A motorist was killed and two other people were injured when a stolen ambulance crashed in Greenbelt, WJLA reports.

The victim was described as a man about 40 years old. County police spokeswoman Cpl. Nicole Hubbard says the alleged carjacker was in critical condition. A pregnant woman was also injured.

The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Two emergency workers saw a vehicle that left the roadway on the Capital Beltway and stopped to assist. Hubbard says the driver of the crashed vehicle stole the ambulance and drove off.

A few minutes later, the stolen crashed, striking as many as 11 other vehicles. The ambulance eventually overturned.

Stolen ambulance at the accident scene (PGFD blog)

The Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc. in College Park owns the ambulance.

Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the ambulance crew members were assaulted but were not seriously injured in the carjacking.

According to the PGFD, Branchville is just one of nine all-volunteer stations out of 45 stations that operate within the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. The ambulance appears to be totaled with replacement costing about $250,000. Branchville owns a second ambulance and has access to a County reserve ambulance if needed.

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