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Fire chief runs over sunbather at beach

The fire chief drove over a man he didn't see lying on a beach dune with a rescue truck

By FireRescue1 Staff

HOLLYWOOD BEACH, Fla. — A Fla. man who was sunbathing has been hospitalized after he was struck by a fire rescue truck on the beach.

Chief of Hollywood Fire Rescue's Beach Safety Division, Vincent Canosa, was flagged down after he rolled over Timoth Clingman with a patrol pick up truck Tuesday afternoon, according to WSVN.

Police and lifeguards flooded the scene to assist.

Clingman, 36, was taken to the hospital with cuts and burns from being under the truck's exhaust pipe.

A witness said he saw blood coming from Clingman's eyes, face, arm and body.

As of Wednesday morning, Clingman is listed in good condition.

Investigators say Chief Canosa did a visual check of surrounding areas while on patrol but failed to get out of the vehicle. They said Canosa did not see Clingman who was lying parallel to an upcoming dune.

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Megan Renee Mose Megan Renee Mose Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:15:44 AM poor firefighter that did that to the man, and poor man too. glad he is okay.
William Lublow William Lublow Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:18:04 AM you wasn't in Hollywood Beach captain William Montrie.
Megan Renee Mose Megan Renee Mose Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:19:12 AM what does this go to do with this accident?
Steven Jackson Steven Jackson Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:41:53 PM Well, THAT'LL certainly put a damper on your day....
Jesus Guzman Jesus Guzman Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:01:11 PM Should have called in sick day.
Christina Hawley Christina Hawley Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:38:14 PM Um didn't this same thing happen here recently somewhere else?
Kurtis Cook Kurtis Cook Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:33:15 PM How the hell do you not see what's in front of you unless the scenery on the beach was distracting.
John Maynard John Maynard Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:45:15 PM I hope that all you commenters via text are not driving while you are texting! :) (Seriously, though.)
David Shrader David Shrader Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:12:55 PM It was in Virginia Beach. Homeless guy on the beach, sleeping, hard to see.
Christina Hawley Christina Hawley Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:49:18 AM I'm not driving, FYI

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