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Semi hits, flips fire truck in D.C. area

Four firefighters were injured in the crash, three have been treated and released and the fourth is in stable condition

By FireRescue1 Staff

LANHAM, Md. — A Prince George's County fire apparatus was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The force of the collision caused the fire truck to hit an SUV and flip on its side.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor told CBS DC that four firefighters were injured, three had been treated and released while the fourth remains in the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The firefighters were responding to a vehicle collision on the interstate when their rig was hit by the semi.

ABC 7 reports that all four firefighters were volunteers.




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Greg Embrick Greg Embrick Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:19:15 AM why didn't semi see fire trucks lights and now there four firefighter injured for the stupidity of the truck driver and he should be brought up on charges for this accident.
Fred Savage Fred Savage Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:25:37 AM The biggest danger to Fire, Law enforcement and EMS Today is DRIVERS trying to drive with head up Ass syndrome! The flashing lights mean something!
Brian Burtt Brian Burtt Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:01:39 AM The rig wa returning to the station AFTER a earlier MVA that's why not lights were on the rig.
Bob Nicholson Bob Nicholson Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:40:20 PM Well Mr.Savage&Mr.Embrick the cops favored the truck driver was not at fault because the fire truck was making a u turn and did not have its lights on, Now who had their haed up their ass! Get the facts!
Colleen Horney-Wessell Colleen Horney-Wessell Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:49:02 PM Thank you for sharing this article. I had no idea how it happened. I hope involved will be okay.
Eddie Felton Jr. Eddie Felton Jr. Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:02:12 PM Emergency lights on or not, a fire apparatus has numerous other running and safety lights on it. That time of morning not alot of traffic so I feel there's no excuse for them getting ass ended.
Thomas M Burroughs Jr Thomas M Burroughs Jr Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:21:32 PM You people are too eager to blame the truck driver when I doubt if it was his fault, the fire truck was making a U turn after finishing a call and probably didn't have the emergency lights activated and I'm sure after he made the U turn his speed was slow.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:32:00 PM ABC News Channel 7 report quote "Police say the engine collided with a tractor trailer, which sources say had the right of way. The two trucks slid into the median and hit a Jeep SUV. In all, seven people were hurt, including four firefighters". The newly promoted Lieutenant, Fireman Ryan Emmons, had his arm severed just below the elbow as a result. I am sad to know a fellow Firefighter has been seriously injured. I am sad to know a fellow truck driver has had to be involved in such a serious and violent accident. Most of all I am deeply saddened to see all the finger pointing and negative comments here on this posting. It seems Americans have lost the ability to care enough about each other to just get past the accusatory nonsense and be supportive of everyone. It was a life altering event for all who were involved, from every sector. The trucker, Firefighters, Police and the poor citizen in the SUV who had a semi and fire truck thrown at him! No matter who's FAULT it was I would think everyone would focus on and appreciate the fact that no one was killed and so far it seems that the surgeons and crew at the hospital have managed a major miracle and reattached the Firefighters arm! He is resting comfortably at this time. I will pray for the best outcome for them all! Respectfully, Lieutenant Frederick Georges N.S.V.F.A./Orleans Fire and Rescue-Retired.
Donald Kinney Donald Kinney Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:33:50 PM Well Mr Embrick the only question I have is that if the rig was returning to the station why was it making an illegal U turn
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:48:49 PM It is not illegal for public service and DOT vehicles to use these turn around areas. That is exactly why they are there. Stay safe citizen. Respectfully, Fireman Fritz
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:52:03 PM Every Engineer knows when you are making any extraordinary use of the roadways you must have your tower lights burning as well as all other strobes and flashers.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:54:02 PM Thank you Ma'am! Finally some love and respect for the "fallen" The world needs more like yourself.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:55:38 PM Bob, professional drivers are not what they used to be but I do understand your feelings here. Everyone feels all "drivers" are not up to the task. I have forty years over the road to my credit and in the last five years I have been seriously disappointed at the lack of respect,ability and pride that the average "meat in the seat" displays.
Scott Allen Scott Allen Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:42:07 PM Emphatically agree with your comments, Lieutenant. As a 33 year fire service member (25 career) and former truck driver who still spends a large amount of time on the road, I concur that the "professional" OTR driver is hard to spot today. Unfortunately though, there is also a plethora of ill prepared fire apparatus drivers on-duty daily. Although this incident appears to have been easily avoided, it did occur and the primary focus now should be on those injured or otherwise involved. Afterwards, hopefully, all pertinent agencies will use the lessons learned to educate those who follow, in both fields, in hopes of not repeating such errors. Best wishes to my brothers and all involved, stay safe! Scott Allen, Lieutenant, Oak Lawn Fire / Rescue.
Brian Burtt Brian Burtt Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:22:20 PM Friedrich VonDeitsch The crew in the FD rig was not running lights because they were returning to the station AFTER they were done and the scene was cleared at another accident. You dont run your lights when your in non-emergency status.
Jon Foster Jon Foster Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:01:15 AM Well said, Fred.
Bob Nicholson Bob Nicholson Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:26:52 AM Well i am speaking from both sides of the fence!
John Fix John Fix Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:01:18 AM Whenever I see a rig returning from a call and they are going to cross traffic to back into the station, they turn their lights on....and someone gets out to stop traffic. Seems to me some precaution is necessary to make a u-turn on a highway. I don't think trying to understand the errors made make us an uncaring nation. If fact, it shows how much we care for our brothers and sisters...and want to prevent future accidents. Perhaps the next time a rig goes to u-turn, the driver or officer will remember this posting...and turn the lights on...and go home in one piece.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:56:13 AM Brian, It is an emergency status when you are making "extraordinary" use of the public access-ways. A "U" turn is totally unexpected for the motoring citizens at large. Even seeing an emergency or DOT unit on the roadway is unexpected, believe it or not... the reports from insurance companies support my testimony here, so it is the responsibility of the engineer to make the apparatus as visible as possible for safety sake. I "understand" your attention to protocol here but taking responsibility and doing what is safe, even though it is not required is still the proper response.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:06:28 AM Thank you Lieutenant for your understanding with respect to the behavior of Firefighters. There has been too many "preventable" accidents caused by apparatus engineers pushing the equipment in unsafe manner with no regard to the "rules of the road". The driver of the fire truck was clearly responsible for the wreck from all that has been reported so far. I am sure the Fire Departments city officials are all holding back screams and tears for the law suit that will be surely forthcoming by the trucking company who owned the involved rig. So it seems that the "professional" apparatus engineer is just as hard to spot these days.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:17:29 AM Greg, It appears that the fire truck pulled in front of the semi. I have seen this time and again. You would can you not see a semi, but they do not! I have had DOT equipment and other vehicles pull right out in front of me so many times and I knew as a professional truck driver it is my responsibility to not hit the offending motorist. Who's fault it is does not matter, I must take responsibility to bring things back under control. To be so quick to want the head of the trucker on a pike is understandable. There are so many reckless and clearly unprofessional truckers out there today but.. this time it seems it was not the "dumb ass trucker".
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:27:24 AM John Fix , Thank you Mr. Fix.. good call and example! It may not be necessary but still.. a good idea.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:24:19 AM Everyone please follow this link to see the good news and hear from the police and fire spokesman.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:56:17 AM Oh goodness, latest news is the fire truck just stopped in the "hammer lane" to make the u-turn and the semi could not stop in time. Follow the link to see video that explains it all from police Lieutenant.
Friday, February 01, 2013 5:59:05 PM Fred, Just wanted to thank you for your caring and thoughtfulness for everyone involved in any accident or incident that occurs. As a vol. FF for 32 years I have taken the approach that safety comes first, good health and recovering from injuries is second and asking questions as to what caused it is last. Accidents do happen. The less I have to visit a fellow FF in the hospital or worse yet, the less FF funerals I have to attend the better. God Bless all of us!
Jeffrey Nordin Jeffrey Nordin Sunday, February 03, 2013 10:44:43 AM Thank you Fred, well said indeed.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:54:23 PM WELCOME HOME BROTHER!

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