Firefighter Injured in Beltway Crash Recovering Ahead of Schedule

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    A Prince George's County volunteer firefighter injured in a January crash is recovering ahead of schedule, doctors say.

    Lt. Ryan Emmons, 30, had his right arm severed in the accident, but doctors were able to reattach it.

    Firefighter Recovering After Severed Arm Reattached

    [DC] Injured Prince Georges County Firefighter Recovering Ahead of Schedule
    A Prince George's County volunteer firefighter injured in a January crash is recovering ahead of schedule, doctors said. Lt. Ryan Emmons, 30, had his right arm severed in the accident, but doctors were able to reattach it. (Published Friday, May 24, 2013)

    The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department posted video on Facebook Wednesday, documenting Emmons's progress. 

    "Go, go, go! Look at that... I am so happy," a woman can be heard saying in the video as Emmons moves his fingers.

    "Yeah, first time," Emmons replied.

    Emmons was in the back of a fire truck responding to a crash on the Outer Loop of the Beltway Jan. 30. Another truck reached the scene first and informed Emmons’s crew, which approached from the Inner Loop, that they weren’t needed.

    Emmons’s crew was leaving when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer and pushed about 180 feet, smashing a concrete barrier and flipping the fire truck on its side.

    The fire truck was not making a U-turn at the cut-through, as previously reported, and its lights were still on.

    A Jeep was also involved in the collision.

    Six other people, including two other firefighters, were also injured in the crash. They've since been released from the hospital.

    Fellow firefighters are credited with immediately icing Emmons' severed limb in time to get him to a Baltimore hospital.

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