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UPDATED: Radio traffic added from runaway fire engine with children on board at birthday party. Firefighter hurt in Anne Arundel County, MD incident.

A fire engine at a birthday party on Saturday in Anne Arundel County, Maryland started rolling away with eight children on board.

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Picture by Matt Stevens via The Capital.

Witnesses tell WMAR-TV that a firefighter jumped into the driver’s seat and was able to steer the rig into a tree. That firefighter was hurt, but the children were not injured.

Here is more from an article by The Capital’s Shantee Woodards:

The Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company had Engine 201 parked on Edgewater Road in Pasadena for a community event. Several children were on the fire engine throughout the day. At one point, the emergency brake was released and the fire engine rolled down the hill, said Battalion Chief Steve Thompson. One firefighter was injured after somehow trying to stop the engine.

“There were several children on the fire engine,” Thompson said. “They were looking at it and crawling inside.”

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