La. FF jumps off overpass to avoid semi careening toward parked fire truck
The Lafayette Fire Department firefighter was seriously injured in the 20-foot fall
The Charlotte Observer
LAFAYETTE, La. — A semi-truck driver has been charged after authorities accused him of barreling into a fire truck on a Louisiana highway, sending firefighters scrambling and causing one to plunge off the interstate overpass.
A firefighter crew was assisting with a crash on I-10 around 8:30 p.m. on March 9, KLFY reported.
While they were on-scene, an 18-wheeler careened into the parked fire truck, according to KLFY.
One of our firefighters was seriously injured last night while on the scene of a single vehicle crash. The driver of an 18-wheeler crashed into our fire truck on I-10 at LA Avenue. To escape the impact of the crash, the firefighter jumped over the ledge of the overpass. pic.twitter.com/ESzAipY1r8— Lafayette Fire Department (@LafayetteFD_LA) March 11, 2022
One firefighter was forced to leap over the 20-foot overpass to evade the crash, the Lafayette Fire Department said in a Twitter post. The firefighter suffered severe injuries, but they were not life-threatening, the department said.
Both the firefighter and the driver of the semi-truck were transported to a local hospital, Lafayette police told The Advocate.
Officers said they later discovered that the driver of the semi, 51-year-old Nathan A. Martin, had open containers of alcohol while driving the truck, the Daily Advertiser reported.
Martin was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, open alcohol container, operating while under the influence and vehicular negligent injuring, the outlet reported.
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