Louisville Firefighter Nearly Struck by Driver

A Louisville firefighter was nearly hit Wednesday afternoon when a woman who told police that she had to get to work crashed into a fire engine, according to WDRB-TV.

Gabriella Griggs, 21, allegedly tried to drive around the apparatus as a firefighter was preparing to climb aboard on Smyrna Road shortly before 4 p.m.

According to a police report, the firefighter raised his hand to order the woman to stop, but she refused.

The woman hit the gas, causing the firefighter to jump out of the way.

She struck the rear passenger door of the engine on the driver's side.

Griggs tried to drive away, but a fire chief quickly blocked her from leaving.

When police later asked her why she tried to flee, she simply said: "had to go to work."

She was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.