Four Florida Firefighters Hurt in Rollover


Four firefighters were injured -- one seriously -- when Engine 51 clipped another truck and landed on its side at the intersection of Southside Boulevard and Phillips Highway just after 10 a.m. Thursday.

It took 30 minutes to get the most-seriously injured firefighter out of the wrecked fire truck. He was transported to a hospital by air ambulance. The other three suffered also hospitalized with what were described as minor injuries.

Channel 4's Adam Landau said the firefighters were responding to a report of a trailer fire and trying to around traffic stopped at the intersection when they impacted by a large truck.

"The driver the truck failed to observe the fire truck approaching," Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leaper said. "The fire truck came through the intersection, swerved, tried to go around that vehicle, clipped the right side of it, caused the drive of the fire truck to lose control."

Leper said no one was charged in the wreck, but the investigation was still under way.

One lane north and one southbound on Philips Highway were closed for nearly two hours while the accident were cleared.

Landau will have a complete report on the wreck in reports on the local station beginning at 5 p.m.

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