CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Our helicopter captured a dramatic rescue Wednesday after a fatal crash on the #WoodrowWilsonBridge led to several fires and three construction workers trapped hanging above the water. @ffxfirerescue #FCPD pic.twitter.com/4GDXKHRSHe
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) June 21, 2018
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Emergency crews rescued three workers who were trapped by fire underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Wednesday after a deadly multi-vehicle crash ignited a blaze and for a period of time closed all lanes of traffic in both directions.
The fire was reported around 11 a.m. on the outer-loop lanes of the bridge. Assistant Fire Chief with Prince George’s County Fire Denny Chatel says there were four vehicles involved in the crash, one of which was a tractor-trailer, and three construction vehicles.
Officials say there were construction workers who were underneath the bridge in a bucket at the end of an extended arm from a work truck when the crash happened. The boom truck operator was uninjured.
“There was one bridge worker on the boom truck operating the boom with three workers in the boom truck operating underneath the bridge. All in all we had eight patients that we evaluated — all but one was treated and released,” said Chatel.
Officials say the driver of the semi died from the crash.
— IAFF Local 2141 (@IAFFLocal2141) June 20, 2018
— Michelle Marsh (@ABC7MichelleM) June 20, 2018
MUTUAL AID | Multiple AFD units assisting Prince George’s County on a major fuel truck fire on the inner loop I-95/495 on Woodrow Wilson Bridge | All lanes blocked pic.twitter.com/D0Kvmw9AOm
— AFD Response (@AFDResponse) June 20, 2018
Our Marine Unit was patrolling the Potomac when they heard a boom and saw an explosion on the nearby Wilson Bridge today. The officers rushed to help, positioning themselves to help rescue bridge workers who were lowered to safety. pic.twitter.com/GqGgJCwx6Z
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) June 20, 2018