Illinois Fire Chief Driving Ambulance Injured in Crash

The fire chief of the Gardner Fire Department was injured Monday morning when an ambulance collided with a tractor-trailer.

The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the railroad tracks on Route 47 and Sucker Road, south of Mazon, according to The Shorewood Patch.

Grundy County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Callahan told the news website that low visibility due to fog was a contributing factor in the crash.

A train was stopped in the intersection as the gates were down and lights were flashing, but because of the fog, cars were forced to stop suddenly.

While the tractor-trailer avoided the vehicle in front of it, the ambulance slammed into the back of the semi.

Fire Chief Terry Jensen was at the wheel of the ambulance and was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries.

Several other people, including the patient being transported, were taken to the hospital.

There was no update on their conditions.

Firehouse.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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