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Mich. FF struck by hit-and-run driver

A Monitor Township firefighter was initially in ICU after being hit by a truck while on the scene of an MVA


Kaytie Boomer

By Cole Waterman

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — A Monitor Township firefighter is hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver just hours into the new year.

About 12:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, firefighters responded to a two-vehicle crash on US-10 and Interstate 75. After they cleared the scene, one firefighter noticed another vehicle had slid off the road, said Monitor Township Fire Chief John Kramer.

The firefighter stopped to make sure the occupants were OK and helped them get their vehicle unstuck. Just then, another vehicle came by and lost control, striking the just-freed one, Kramer said.

A light blue pickup truck then also came through and lost control. The firefighter turned and was struck by the truck, the impact launching off the ground and into some nearby grass, Kramer said.

The truck’s driver fled the scene, Kramer said.

The injured firefighter was taken via ambulance to Ascension St. Mary’s in Saginaw, where he spent the rest of the night in the intensive care unit. He suffered a broken left ankle, broken left leg, severely bruised ribs, and several cuts and bruises, Kramer said.

Kramer said the firefighter, who has been with the department for about 15 years, has been moved out of the ICU as of Tuesday morning.

“He’s doing well and was in better spirits,” Kramer said, adding the injured firefighter has some surgeries planned.

The Michigan State Police are investigating the crash and looking for the pickup truck’s driver.

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