Texas Fire Truck Rolls Over After Crash

HOUSTON --

Three people were injured, including two firefighters, after a wreck involving a fire truck and a van Wednesday afternoon in Spring, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Officials said a Spring volunteer fire truck and a Kroger van collided shortly after noon on FM 2920 at Meadowhill Drive.

Witnesses said the fire truck had lights and sirens on as it traveled down FM 2920. They said most drivers had pulled over to let the truck pass, but said the van did not appear to stop.

Witnesses told KPRC Local 2 that both vehicles tried to avoid each other, but the fire truck broadsided the van and pushed it into a pillar of a nearby building.

"It was worse than thunder. I mean, it really was. I know the fire truck was trying to avoid that van, and he pulled in as hard as he could and the whole thing just started tilting over," witness Kathy Bruni said.

The fire rescue truck was knocked on its side.

Bruni was the first person to reach the injured.

"One (of the firefighters) has a nasty cut on his wrist and the other one was going into shock real bad, and kind of walked off and passed out a little bit," she said.

Officials called a hazardous materials unit to the scene because the van was believed to be carrying freon.

The injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

The Spring Volunteer Fire Department chief said there's a chance the rescue truck could be a total loss, which could be devastating for the department.

"We cover 118 square miles and so we've got two trucks on either side of the freeway to cover one side of the freeway or the other," Chief Alan Lankford said.

The accident is under investigation.

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