U.S. Army chief of staff, soldiers aid injured in fiery, deadly Metrobus crash in D.C.

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley (U.S. Army photo)

The US Army’s top officer and his staff swept into action in the District of Columbia on Wednesday night, providing first aid at the site of a bush crash that left one dead and three injured.

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley was travelling in a two-vehicle convoy from Joint Base Andrews to Fort Meyer in Virginia when he and his associates came upon the accident.

According to police, the incident was the result of a Metro bus colliding with a car near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in D.C.

An Army official reported that the convoy pulled over and dismounted, with four soldiers rendering aid to the injured and two pulling one person from a car before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Unfortunately, one victim could not be rescued from the vehicle in time and was pronounced dead at the scene.

One person dead after Metrobus and car crash on Suitland Pkwy in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy of DC Fire and EMS)
One person dead after Metrobus and car crash on Suitland Pkwy in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy of DC Fire and EMS)

Throughout the incident, General Milley directed the response and reportedly assisted with providing aid. The two soldiers who pulled one survivor from the burning wreckage wished to remain anonymous.

According to ABC News, D.C. Fire and EMS report that the passenger rescued from the blaze sustained critical injuries, while two people on the Metro bus sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Shaw said that the soldiers “were simply doing what they believed was the right thing to do- using their military training to help others.”

General Milley is a combat veteran of at least two major (and unrelated) conflicts, earning him the Combat Infantryman Badge with Star. He has served in units such as the 5th Special Forces Group and the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as fulfilling the commander’s position at US Forces Command (FORSCOM), the 10th Mountain Division and the Army’s III Corps.

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