NORTH BETHESDA (WJLA) - Construction tools, aluminum ladders and soiled clothing are sprinkled across a stretch of Bou Avenue in North Bethesda.
Around 9 p.m. Thursday, a Dodge pick-up truck was driving along the narrow two-lane street, which connects Randolph Road with Rockville Pike. Based-on a cursory review, police believe the driver failed to navigate a bend in the roadway. The white truck subsequently jumped the curb and slammed head-on into an approximately 20-foot-tall tree. The vehicle saw heavy front-end damage, while the timber remained perfectly upright.
Firefighters arrived to find light white smoke drifting from the engine chamber, a man sitting behind the wheel and a woman in the passenger seat. It took rescue crews nearly 30 minutes to cut through layers of crumpled metal to free the weakly coherent couple. Both were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening, but serious injuries.
Police say the pick-up truck, which is owned by Silver Spring-based Barclay Construction, is totaled. A bystander, who identified himself as a Barclay Construction employee, told ABC7 News his boss sent him to survey the crash site.
"He's [the driver] worked on-and-off with the company for the last 10 or 12 years. That was his girlfriend riding with him. This is a mess," the man remarked.