Conn. fire lieutenant seriously injured in crash during mutual aid response
Hebron Fire Lt. Eric Saunders, 23, is in serious condition after his vehicle struck a tree while en route to the fire station
By FireRescue1 Staff
HEBRON, Conn. — A 23-year-old fire lieutenant is in serious condition after his vehicle crashed on the way to a mutual aid call.
Hebron Fire. Lt. Eric Saunders was driving to the fire station late Monday night after being dispatched to assist with a structure fire when his vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree, the Hebron Fire Department said yesterday.
The crash scene was discovered by another Hebron firefighter who immediately radioed for help, according to the department. Saunders was extricated from the vehicle and required advanced life support before being transported in a fire department ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The lieutenant underwent surgery and remains unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit as of Tuesday afternoon. Doctors indicated his neurological status “appears to be going in the right direction,” the department said.
Three departments responded to the structure fire in Lebanon, which neighbors Hebron, according to NBC Connecticut.
The vehicle involved was a pickup truck owned by Saunders, and the exact cause of the crash is currently under investigation.