Teen Struck by Prairieton, IN, Fire Unit at Brush Fire

July 4, 2024
The Prairieton Fire Department pickup struck a teenager while involved with a brush fire incident.

Editor's note: The teenager struck by the fire vehicle has since passed away.

A pickup truck from the Prairieton Fire Department struck a teenager Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to a brush fire near a home in Terra Haute around 10 p.m. 

Vigo County Sheriff’s officials told WIBQ that, as their units responded to the scene, fire personnel called for EMS and a medical helicopter.

They said the pedestrian, a 17-year-old male, was struck by a Prairieton/Prairie Creek Fire Department Dodge Ram 1500.

“We were responding to hay bales that were on fire and one of our apparatus was involved in a motor vehicle collision. At this time, until further investigation, we are not at liberty to give anymore information,” Prairieton Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Dean told the radio station.

The teenager was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The sheriff's office said detectives were called out to investigate the incident. 


About the Author

Peter Matthews | Editor-in-Chief/Conference Director

Peter Matthews is the conference director and editor-in-chief of Firehouse. He has worked at Firehouse since 1999, serving in various roles on both Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com staffs. He completed an internship with the Rochester, NY, Fire Department and served with fire departments in Rush, NY, and Laurel, MD, and was a lieutenant with the Glenwood Fire Company in Glenwood, NY. Matthews served as photographer for the St. Paul, MN, Fire Department.        

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