Orlando Car Crash Injures Four, Including Three Firefighters
A collision that happened in Orlando on Thursday night resulted in both the closure of a large part of the interstate as well as the injury of three firefighters whose truck was one of the vehicles involved. Reports from the Orlando Police Department are somewhat foggy on the precise course of events that led to the incident, but we do know that the team of firefighters was on the road in response to a reported minor collision that took place along the eastern lanes of 408. It is believed that at the time of the collision the fire truck had reached the location of the primary crash and that several firefighters were standing outside of the vehicle. It is also not clear if any injuries were reported in the primary crash.
Pictures taken from the scene show a white four-door vehicle of unknown make and model crushed against the back of the fire truck. At the time of this writing, it is not clear just what happened to cause the driver of this vehicle to misjudge the distance between themselves and the much larger emergency vehicle, but the crash caused the front of the car to crumple, the windshield to shatter, and forced emergency response crews to cut through the vehicle in order to retrieve the severely injured driver who was still trapped inside before rushing them to a nearby hospital.
It is not clear if the firefighters were struck by the vehicle or if they were impacted secondarily by the fire truck as it lurched forwards after the impact. We do know that none of the three firefighters suffered injuries that were life-threatening, but the exact extent of the damage done to them remains unknown.
The driver of the car, as alluded to above, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. There, they were admitted as being a trauma alert patient. Their condition at this time is not known.
An investigation into the crash remains ongoing as the Orlando Police Department attempt to uncover just what occurred to cause the driver of the four-door vehicle to fail to notice the fire truck sitting in the roadway. No charges are currently pending.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.