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3 firefighters injured when 2 cars plow into crash scene

While outside their vehicle an SUV lost control and crashed into the crew

By FireRescue1 Staff

ORINDA, Calif. — Hydroplaning during heavy rain is being blamed for a crash that injured three Calif. firefighters and several other pedestrians.

Capt. Michael Rattary, Firefighter Kelly Morris, and Firefighter Stephen Rogness were all inside a Moraga-Orinda Fire District truck that was parked on a highway, protecting damaged cars from previous accidents Sunday morning, when an incoming car lost control and crashed into the apparatus, according to Rockridge Patch.

The firefighters were not injured in the collision, but while they stepped outside the truck to speak to the car's driver, an SUV drove by and clipped the apparatus, causing the SUV to flip on its roof and skid into the three firefighters and the driver from the first crash.

The driver of the car from the first crash suffered critical injuries while the firefighters are in serious, but stable condition and are expected to survive.

Two of the firefighters will require surgery.

Investigators say motorists were driving too fast for the heavy rain and slick conditions.

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Jim R Mccloud Jim R Mccloud Monday, December 03, 2012 4:33:48 PM the public doesn't understand how dangerous it is on the roads treating people. motorists just don't slow down. everyone is in a hurry.too big of a hurry. they just ignore the emergency lights...
Kelly Babeon Kelly Babeon Monday, December 03, 2012 6:13:51 PM An inattentive driver hit me at an emergency scene 12/21/10.I am a survivor. I am able to continue in a job I love. Let us pray our brothers in California are as fortunate as I.
Kathy Curl Smith Kathy Curl Smith Monday, December 03, 2012 6:48:27 PM This terrible accident happened very close to us (20 miles). We are sending our thoughts and prayers to them as well. Miss you guys!!
Sheila Wood-Youngs Sheila Wood-Youngs Monday, December 03, 2012 6:54:43 PM I can't believe people drive as fast in the rain and snow as they do on dry roads!!! So ignorant..... Speeding on dry roads is bad enough! Come on people use your brain that God gave you to drive safely and not be so thoughtless to the rest of us!!

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