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Driver hits Ind. firefighter, flees scene

Surveillance video showed a firefighter motioning a vehicle on scene and then seconds later getting hit


By FireRescue1 Staff

MUNCIE, Ind. — Police are looking for a driver who hit a firefighter and then fled the scene Thursday.

FOX59.com reported that police officers and firefighters, who were on the scene of a gas leak, were helping direct traffic due to road closures. A nearby surveillance camera showed a firefighter motioning a vehicle and then seconds later getting hit.

"It's really senseless and we fell very lucky that we didn't have someone very seriously hurt this morning," Muncie Fire Department Battalion Chief James Clevenger said.

The driver hit the firefighter on the left side of his body, according to the report.

"The sad thing is whether you're a police officer, a firefighter, a paramedic, these guys are exposed to fires, bullets, hazardous materials, meth house explosions, bloodborne pathogens and it's dangerous at times to begin with," Clevenger said. "This is needless."

The firefighter, who walked away with just bruises, was taken to the hospital as precaution.

Police are still looking for the driver of a gray sedan.

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