A child was among four killed when a pickup truck collided with a church van and caught fire in a Maryland suburb Sunday. Fourteen others were injured in the incident that took place around 5 p.m. in Hyattsville.
The driver of the pickup truck was among those killed in the accident, fire department spokesman, Mark Brady, said. The wounded, which included six children and eight adults, were taken to local hospitals, he added. Eight people, including four children, who were transported to the hospital were in critical condition.
Fox News reports that Brady said that the fire instigated at an “extremely critical incident.” He said that the authorities believe the pickup truck first struck another vehicle. One of the tires caught fire, and the truck continued to drive before it rammed into the van.
Donald Huff lives on the street where the accident occurred. He said there was a “loud boom, just like a bomb,” before the van caught fire. “The fire just got bigger and bigger,” he said, adding that people ran out to the scene with fire extinguishers “to try to get as close as they could, but it was a little too much.”
The two vehicles had come to a stop in the front yard of a single family home, according to photos of the accident. Damage to the vehicles and the extent of the fire could not be immediately determined. Some of those injured in the accident were sent to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a spokeswoman for the medical center said. However, she could not offer any further details.