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Howard police identify firefighters, drivers in Columbia three-car collision

Howard County police have identified the two firefighters and drivers involved in Friday morning's three-car collision in Columbia intersection Friday morning.

The driver and passenger in the fire department vehicle, firefighter Justin Oursler, 38, and Battalion Chief John Bean, 50, were taken to Howard County General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and were released Friday afternoon.

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The driver of the Toyota van, Maura Aracely Lemus, 45, of Laurel, was also taken to Howard County General Hospital. Police said the driver of the Toyota Scion, Kamille Ivy Guinn, 28, of Columbia, was taken to Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries, while the other drivers — Venida Brinkley-Puryear, 54, of Essex, and Michael Willain Verch, 36, of Baltimore — were not transported for treatment.

Around 7:18 a.m., a fire department pick-up truck was driving eastbound on Route 175 toward Dobbin Road with its emergency equipment activated, Howard police said, responding to an apartment fire. The truck then drove through a red light at the intersection when it was hit by a Toyota Scion that was driving through a green light northbound on Dobbin Road.

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Police said the fire department's vehicle was pushed into three other vehicles — a Toyota van, a Ford Edge and a Ford Ranger – that were stopped at westbound Route 175 and prepared to turn left onto southbound Dobbin Road

As the police investigation continues, officers have reopened the intersection after it was closed for three hours.

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