Three men inside an SUV were killed early Thursday when their vehicle collided with a Prince George's County ambulance in Forestville, county police said.
The ambulance, which was not carrying patients, was badly damaged, but neither of the paramedics on board was seriously injured.
Police were investigating the accident, which occurred in the 5600 block of Marlboro Pike just after midnight.
The ambulance had recently left a fire station en route to an overdose call on Tanow Place, its lights and sirens on, according to authorities. It swerved to avoid the SUV, which was heading east in the westbound lanes, authorities said; the SUV hit a brick wall and a utility pole, rolling until it came to a rest on its roof about 120 feet from the site of the initial incident.
Police have identified those killed in the crash as Emmanuel Jones, 30, of District Heights; Andre Watley, 22, of D.C.; and Tony Burney, 35, of D.C. Sgt. Michelle Reedy, a Prince George's County police spokesman, said there is "no indication," at least right now, that drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.
The two paramedics who were in the ambulance were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and treated, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a police spokesman.
Tippett told reporters that the SUV had crossed the double yellow line on Marlboro Pike and was headed for a head-on collision with the ambulance, which swerved to get out of the way.
The vehicles then sideswiped each other, causing significant damage. The medical equipment on board the ambulance was stripped from the vehicle and catapulted down the road.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
-- Matt Zapotosky, Clarence Williams and Debbi Wilgoren