Ky. fire truck collides with car; 1 killed

The engine was responding with lights and sirens to a call of an unconscious person; a firefighter suffered minor injuries

Lexington Herald-Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A man was killed and a Lexington firefighter was trapped temporarily in the driver’s seat of a fire engine after a traffic accident Monday afternoon on Man o’ War Boulevard near Nichols Park Drive.

Cody A. Emery, 23, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after the crash, where he died of his injuries at at 5:26 p.m., the Fayette County Coroner’s Office said.

The firefighter had minor injuries, said Lexington police Lt. Andrew Daugherty. No other firefighters were injured.

The engine was responding with lights and sirens to a call of an unconscious person on Winthrop Drive when the wreck occurred about 4:45 p.m., Daugherty said. Another engine was called after the crash to respond to the call, fire department Battalion Chief Joe Best said.

Emery’s silver sedan was on the outer loop of Man o’ War before it jumped the median and collided with Fire Engine 15 on the inner loop, Daugherty said. The truck hit the passenger side of the car, he said.

Accident investigators were trying to determine why the sedan jumped the median. The inner loop of Man o’ War from Nicholasville Road past Nichols Park was closed for several hours.

The engine probably was totaled, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz.

The firefighters on the truck accompanied the injured firefighter to UK Chandler Hospital, then returned to work on a reserve engine, Nantz said. The injured firefighter was not expected to return to work until Thursday at the earliest, depending on medical advice.

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