Texas Firefighters, Officer Injured In Separate Crashes

SAN ANTONIO --

Several firefighters and an officer were injured in two separate crashes on Thursday afternoon while responding to previous crashes, authorities said.

The crash involving the firefighters occurred when the Sandy Oaks Fire Department rushed to the scene of a previous crash in Southern Bexar County, fire officials said.

An 18-wheeler somehow lost control and slammed into the fire truck at the intersection of Highway 281 and Mogford Road.

The impact of the collision spun the fire truck around 180 degrees and spilled fire hoses out onto the highway.

EMS sent a 49-year-old firefighter to University Hospital and a 30-year-old firefighter to Methodist Hospital.

The 59-year-old driver of the big rig was taken to Southeast Baptist Hospital.

There is no word on their conditions.

In a separate crash, an officer had just responded to a crash involving two cars at the intersection of Interstate 10 and the Ackerman Road exit.

While the officer was writing an accident report in the parking lot of a Pilot truck stop, a vehicle exited the freeway, hydroplaned and slammed into the police cruiser.

The officer, who was on the opposite side of the car, was knocked to the ground when the car slammed into him.

He was transported to the hospital with an injured leg.

The officer's injuries are not life-threatening.

It's not clear if anyone will be ticketed for the crash.

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