Texas Lt. hurt in severe fire truck crash back on the job
Lt. Rachel Zambrano returned to work after recovering for six-and-a-half weeks from injuries she suffered in a rollover crash
By FireRescue1 Staff
LAKE TRAVIS, Texas — A fire lieutenant who was hurt in a fire truck rollover crash has returned to work after a long recovery.
KVUE reported that Lt. Rachel Zambrano is back on the job six and a half weeks after the fire truck she was riding in rolled over after striking a light pole, according to Lake Travis Fire Fighters.
The crash occurred when the engineer suffered a medical emergency while driving. Lt. Zambrano and her colleague, Joel Niemeyer, unbuckled their seatbelts and attempted to stop the crash, but were unsuccessful.
Lt. Zambrano suffered a concussion, bruised ribs and a fractured femur. She also required stitches.
“Lt. Zambrano is one tough #LTfirefighter," LTFF said in a Facebook post. "To put this in perspective, she’s a triathlete who even ran the Austin Marathon in full firefighter gear with an air bottle strapped to her."
The fire department said they are thrilled to have her back at work.
"No day is ever routine in our business," the department said. "But rest assured that even on your worst day, when you call, we’re there."