Driver Loses Control of Bel Alton Fire Engine

On June 5 at 7:41 p.m., a Bel Alton Fire Department Fire Engine driven by Donald Ray Simms, 31, of White Plains, was traveling north on Bel Alton Newtown Road, north of Mallow Road in Bel Alton, when the driver left the right side of the roadway, lost control of the vehicle and struck an embankment on the southbound side, causing the vehicle to overturn. Simms was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George's General Hospital; his injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. The passengers - La Plata residents Steven Kyle Schultz, 19, and Christopher Nicholas Beane and Phillip John Rieman, both 20, and a 17-year-old Bel Alton girl sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Civista Medical Center. They were not responding to a call at the time of the crash. Cpl. D. Belfield of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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