Car crashes into Maryland hospital; some ICU patients transferred

A car crashed into a Maryland hospital July 16, requiring some intensive care unit patients to be transferred elsewhere, according to the hospital.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center in Fort Washington, Md. No injuries were reported among patients, staff or the driver of the vehicle, according to the hospital.

"The motorist was driving at a high rate of speed during inclement weather, lost control of the car and crashed into a generator and the hospital's ICU," Sara Newman Viscomi, director of public relations and marketing, said in a statement shared with Becker's.

"The car caught fire but was quickly extinguished when fire, police and EMS personnel arrived on the scene. Patients in the ICU were quickly and safely moved out of the unit to other areas of the hospital. Some patients were transferred to other nearby hospitals."

Ms. Newman Viscomi said the ICU is not operational as of July 17, and the hospital is assessing the damage to the generator and how quickly repairs can be made so patients can return to the unit.

"The leadership team at Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center assembled [July 16] to ensure all patients were taken care of, clean up the ICU, and assess the damage," she said. "This situation could have ended much worse, so we are very thankful no one was injured in this accident."

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