Wash. firefighter injured in hit-and-run at crash scene

State troopers are searching for a white Nissan Versa with Oregon plates they say left the scene after striking the firefighter


Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — Troopers are looking for a white Nissan Versa with Oregon plates after the driver hit a firefighter and left the scene Sunday morning north of Granger, officials said.

The westbound car lost control on Interstate 82 milepost 57 and struck a firefighter who was at the left rear of a fire truck parked at the scene of a collision, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol. The car stopped briefly and then left. The firefighter, identified as Terry Carter of Granger, was injured and taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, WSP said.

In a social media post Sunday, Yakima County Fire District 5 said Carter was released from the hospital and was at home resting.

"We preach and preach that when you see flashing lights and deteriorating road conditions that you slow down and move over, now this message hits home more than ever," the post said.

The vehicle is a 2012 to 2014 Nissan Versa with damage to the driver side bumper, the release said. The crash occurred at 6:22 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Patrol at 509-249-6700.

The earlier crash involved a gray Dodge Ram pickup that was traveling too fast for conditions, lost control and rolled, according to the state patrol. The car was driven by Jesus Espindola, 37, of Granger, who was injured and taken to Astria Toppenish hospital, according to WSP. He was wearing a seatbelt. That crash was reported at 5:39 a.m.

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©2019 Yakima Herald-Republic (Yakima, Wash.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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