Fla. FF in serious condition after being struck by vehicle on his way to work

A South Walton Fire District firefighter was exchanging information and rendering aid after being rear-ended when he was struck by another vehicle

By Leila Merrill

SOUTH WALTON, Fla. — A firefighter is hospitalized in serious condition after being struck in a traffic crash while he was on the way to work, the South Walton Fire District said Monday in a Facebook post.

The firefighter was driving on Highway 20 when his vehicle was rear-ended. As he went to exchange information with the other driver and offer aid, a third vehicle reportedly hit both cars and the firefighter, WMBB reported.

The first responder has undergone surgery, according to fire district officials.

The driver from the first crash fled into a wooded area, according to Florida Highway Patrol, and is now a hit-and-run suspect.

The incident is under investigation.

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