California Fire Engine Crashes, 3 Firefighters Injured

A fire engine spun out of control this morning on the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge, blocking all eastbound lanes and one westbound lanes and tying up traffic for at least the morning commute.

The collision occurred at about 6 a.m. on the east side of the incline as the Hayward Fire Department was heading to the scene of an injury accident on Highway 92. The force of the collision shoved a 10- to 12-foot section of concrete center divider into the fast lane of the westbound direction. The fire engine spun until it came to rest across all three lanes of eastbound traffic. Eastbound traffic was diverted at Foster City Boulevard, while westbound traffic used the remaining two lanes.

In addition, according to the California Highway Patrol, three firefighters were sent to Eden Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Construction crews were dispatched to the scene to make emergency repairs to the bridge. The fast lanes will be closed in both directions throughout the afternoon during cleanup and repair operations.

Two firefighters were treated and released from hospital, while a third was admitted with a hip or leg injury, according to a fire department spokesman.