UPDATE – Exclusive Video/Audio: Early Morning Fire Truck Accident in Leonardtown

May 21, 2017

UPDATE 5/22/2017: One firefighter suffered 7 broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, a fractured arm and 8 stitches in his leg and lots of road rash!! He will be ok and more importantly the guys that we’re in that fire truck are all ok .

Audio from St. Mary’s County fire & rescue radio transmissions have been added to our video.

5/21/2017: On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the 23000 block of Maypole Road in Leonardtown, for a single motor vehicle collision involving a Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department fire truck.

The accident occurred approximately a half half mile in on Maypole Road from Point Lookout Road.

The preliminary investigation reveals, Squad 1, a 1996 Salisbury Simon-Duplex Heavy Rescue Truck left the roadway and struck an embankment while responding to an unrelated motor vehicle collision.

Two occupants of the fire truck were transported by “Trooper 7” for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The patrol division is continuing the investigation.


32 Responses to UPDATE – Exclusive Video/Audio: Early Morning Fire Truck Accident in Leonardtown

  1. Roy Rodger on May 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

    What or who determines a fly-out? I see numerous articles in here where individuals were flown with “non-life threatening injuries.” Why can’t they be driven to the hospital even if it is in Clinton? I bet insurance companies love to charge for flyouts.

    • Buck Owens on May 21, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      You’re a dumb a$$.

      • Roy Rodger on May 23, 2017 at 5:26 am

        Says a guy named Buck.

    • JMM on May 22, 2017 at 1:26 am

      I typically don’t waste my precious time responding to ignorant comments posted on this forum, but your ignorance, specifically, has compelled me to do so. First of all, anyone flown from this region is probably going to a trauma center or specialty-care hospital. Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton is neither, so it’s highly unlikely that they were flown to that hospiteal. Secondly, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems has established protocols for who gets flown and who does not. There are several other factors involved in making that determination. Just because a patient does not have “life threatening” injuries does disqualify them being flown-out. Finally, first responders who are injured in the line-of-duty will typically be transported to the best medical facilities via the fastest means possible. It’s called “taking care of our own.” Hopefully my reply to your ignorant statement has enlightened you, and maybe you’ll do a little research before making such statements in the future.

      • Roy Rodger on May 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        Sensitive little fella aren’t ya? That you for informing me of the policy governing flyout protocol. The rest of your post is garbage.

      • faWWWkOff on May 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        Thank you for taking your time to explain this bit of information to such an ignorant animal.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

      As an EMS provider myself we have Protocols that we must follow, one of them is an alertness scale “Avpu” if they fail that scale and their baseline is altered as well as their vital signs then we have to request an Air transport and safely categorize them in another scale ( Alpha, Bravo, Charlie , Delta) to fly them to the hospital that is equipped to deal with their symptoms if they do not improve. It’s truly a very big precaution to a patients life. In an ambulance transport (for most ambulances) we only have the basic supplies to accommodate our training to any scene. That’s why you see ambulances as well as Paramedic vehicles behind them, the paramedics have more advanced training as well as equipment to keep a patient stable as long as possible. So if a patient needs surgery let’s say for a brain bleed, (the signs and symptoms are telling us providers that it is neurological) and he needs immediate attention, his best means of transportation would be via helicopter. It’s fast, safe and he gets the correct attention that he needs. To where an ambulance ride can cost the county one less resource that is available and can cause more harm to the patient. Time is everything!

      • Roy Rodger on May 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

        Thank you! You are the only one who didn’t take offense to my question and you responded in a professional manner. I genuinely did not know.

        • Bye on May 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

          And it is obvious you deserved to not be spoken to professionally in looking at your response. ALL YOU NEEDED TO DO WAS REPLY AND SAY THANK YOU, I GENUINELY DID NOT KNOW. JMM would have felt like the DBAG instead of making you look like one.

    • Johnny5 on May 22, 2017 at 2:43 am

      If one of the troopers flys you, it’s free. That’s the state troopers paid job. To fly the bird. And also, y would you question an emt or firefighters knowledge of who can be flown, and the qualifying circumstances?

    • Localboy on May 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

      I believe if your a cop or fireman you are on the automatic fly-out list.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

      The insurance company doesn’t charge…they ‘get charged’…

    • Bob Lob Law on May 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      This is a special kind of stupid.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      If you read when you renew your tags you will see that you pay for the Helo, think it is about 16.00 a year or every 2. Could be more. Live out of state now…………You are such a jerk.

      • Roy Rodger on May 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        Because I asked a simple question? Maybe you should re-read my question. I asked who determines the need for a fly out. Your rambling post didn’t answer that.

    • Roy Rodger on May 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Everyone gets so butt hurt when a simple question is asked. WHO DETERMINES A FLYOUT? That was my primary question. If it is a non-life threatening injury then why are they being flown? Perhaps those injuries should be reclassified as “life threatening?”

    • Why so sensitive? on May 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t understand why this question has everyone so triggered. Take it down a notch. Everyone is so sensitive. Seems like a logical question with some logical answers. Everything needs to have well defined parameters and protocols, and asking what those particular parameters/protocols are doesn’t seem ignorant. The internet has made everyone lose their ability to behave properly. Even if it was a stupid question, why ridicule and get angry about it?

    • Ver on May 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      you are a total DF….compound fracture…does that warrant it in your eyes? Multi fractures…possible internal bleeding. Many many things can be a fly out and not be life threatening. Think about your wife or child in extreme pain. Think before you post something the stupid.

    • Anonymous on May 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      What determines a fly out is protocol by the state and the closest trauma center is in land over or D.C. Which is atleast a hourto 2 hour drive and a 20 minute flight its better to get them the care they could possibly need faster

  2. Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

    If the police or firefighters get a simple injury such as a broken or cut finger they get a fly-out while the victim with a serious injury waits their turn………. I know this for a fact. I have been both police and firefighter.

    • Matt on May 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

      LmFAO you’re so full of sh$$ it’s not even funny…youre a dumb little kid

    • somdforever on May 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Your ignorant answer explains why you “were” a cop and firefighter! Sour grapes?

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Funny…I’ve been a Firefighter in Maryland for over 30 years. I’ve been injured on jobs and have NEVER been flown out. Fly outs are based on protocols REGARDLESS of your occupation or who your friends are. Before you make such off the wall comments, do a little research!

      • Jamie on May 23, 2017 at 9:50 am

        thank you for your service to your community…..and for your common sense response.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I’ve been in the fire service for over 30 years in Maryland. In that time, I’ve been injured on the job a few times. I have NEVER been flown out (fortunately) due to an otj injury. I feel slighted! However, as an EMT, I know that there are protocols for flyouts that have been established and, since the Trooper 2 incident, have become more stringent. There is no special protocol for firefighters or cops. These firefighters were flown out for specific reasons. I don’t care who you are….if you’re ejected out of a vehicle, you’re flying! Do a little more research before you make accusations like that.

  3. Ms. Justice bb on May 22, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Prayers! Prayers for all involved.

  4. Anon on May 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Med evacs are determined by State of Maryland Medical Protocols for EMS Providers.FYI, their are no trauma centers in Clinton. The closest trauma centers are in Landover and Washington DC.

  5. Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Another bad tire?

    I donate $$$ regularly, as I know equipment’s expensive and want emergency personnel to have the best. It wears out soon enough through normal use…please don’t help it with haste. It’s best to arrive a little late than not at all. Be careful out there.

    Audio states, “ejected”. Fire trucks don’t have seatbelts?

  6. Trouble Maker on May 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    If one was ejected – were was his seat belt? He should have been wearing one right, it’s the law, and being a fire fighter he should have known better, how many accidents have they come upon will someone not wearing their seatbelt and being ejected or major head trauma from hit the window. He sure would not have road rash if he was still in the fire truck and wearing his turn out gear.

    • Law Man on May 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Very well said!! Why was he not wearing his seatbelt! Firefighter, Cop, Taxi Driver, ect ect ect. Your suppose to wear your seat belt…it’s the law, period!!

  7. Anonymous on May 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Road Rash? Isn’t that can enclosed cab? Someone not wearing a seat belt?

  8. Anonymous on May 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    When will it be mandated to have seatbelts in school buses??? It needs to be done. The driver is required to be belted, why not the students?