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Rescue personnel injured in fire truck crash

Late last month, a fire truck was involved in an accident in the Pennsylvania community of Hemlock Farms. Four members of the fire and rescue team were injured in the on-the-job accident; all of them were aboard the truck at the time.

According to reports, the fire truck was leaving its headquarters in the Hemlock Farms community to respond to an emergency. Records indicate that the emergency occurred around 4:47 a.m. and involved a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84. When leaving the community, the fire truck reportedly lost control and began spinning in a clockwise direction.

It was heading east on Hemlock Farms Road at the intersection of Cherry Court when this occurred. While rotating, the vehicle continued moving and entered into the westbound lanes. There it struck a 2003 Honda Accord with two occupants. Neither of these individuals were hurt in the crash but all four of the rescue personnel sustained moderate injuries. Ambulances from Hemlock Farms and Dingman Township were used to transport the injured individuals.

The right rear side of the Honda was struck by the right rear side of the 1999 Heavy Rescue fire truck. According to officials, the model weighs more than 20 tons. The front right side of the truck collided with street signs at the corner and an embankment was also struck, allowing the vehicle to come to a stop. No charges were filed in the matter and it is unclear whether the fire personnel will be able to seek workers' compensation as they are a volunteer fire team.

If they were employed by the fire department, an attorney may be able to help them acquire workers' compensation and any medical costs created due to their injuries. Still, there may be something that can be done in this situation.

Source: Firehouse, "No Charges Filed in Pa. Heavy Rescue Truck Crash," Peter Becker, March 2, 2013

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