Halfway Responds To Single Vehicle Accident On Downsville Pike

July 23, 2021

On the afternoon of July 23rd, Washington County Emergency Communications took calls reporting a serious vehicle accident on Downsville Pike near Interstate 70 south of Hagerstown. The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway was alerted for the Engine and Medic Unit along with Hagerstown Engine 5, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company’s Rescue Squad 10 and Community Rescue’s Station 754.

Engine 261 was the first unit to arrive to find a single vehicle into a tree with heavy frontend damage. Crews began to assess the scene as Chief Ed Ernst arrived and assumed Downsville Pike Command. Crews had a single vehicle accident with one occupant, no entrapments. Command held company 26 units only and released the rest. Medic 269 crews were able to quickly evaluate and package the patient transporting them to Meritus Medical Center while the Engine crew took care of all other hazards at the scene.

Engine 261 remained on the scene for nearly an hour and a half with Maryland State Police until the vehicle was able to be removed. The cause of the vehicle accident is currently under investigation. Companies on the call consisted of VFC of Halfway (Co.26), HFD South End Fire (Engine 5), Funkstown VFC (Co.10), Community Rescue Service (Co.75), Washington County Fire Police, and Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary.