Three Firefighters Hurt in Ohio Fire Truck Wreck

Firefighters with the Pleasant Township Fire Department were injured when the rescue vehicle they were in hit a pole enroute to another crash.


(Editor's Note: One of the firefighters injured in the wreck has been released from medical care and the two others remain hospitalized and the department expects to receive a loaner engine from the Plain Township Fire Department in New Albany, according to the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

Feb. 09--Police and emergency personnel responded to a number of crashes today as a fresh layer of snow left central Ohio roadways slick.

State police personnel said some people were taken to hospitals with life-threatening injuries following a two-car head-on collision on Johnstown-Utica Road east of Johnstown in Licking County. No additional details were immediately available.

Fairfield County officials said three Pleasant Township firefighters were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center after the rescue vehicle they were riding in crashed into a utility pole as they headed to the site of a motor-vehicle crash. A Greenfield Township medic also lost control of a vehicle and slid into a ditch while responding to the same report.

They crashed about 8:40 a.m. near the initial crash at the intersection of Coonpath Road NE and Old Millersport Road NE north of Lancaster. The driver had been injured in that first crash and was taken to Mount Carmel East hospital.

Pleasant Township Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Wyse said the firefighters were in stable condition, though the extent of their injuries was unknown. No injuries to the medic were reported. The condition of the driver involved in the initial crash was unknown.

In Columbus, Roberts Road was temporarily closed at Wilson Road on the West Side when a semi trailer knocked down a utility pole about 10:45 a.m. A dispatcher said no injures were reported.

An inch of snow or less was expected today, and cold temperatures are forecast over the next two days, with possible wind-chill values near 10 degrees below zero on Monday and Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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