Cobb fire engine destroyed in fiery crash on I-20, US
A Cobb County, Georgia, fire engine was destroyed in a fiery crash on Sunday, 14 April 2019, along Interstate 20. The agency said on its Facebook page that Engine 9 is a “total loss” after it was hit around 4h08 on the westbound side of the interstate between Thornton Road and Riverside Parkway. The engine was parked at the scene of an accident when a blue sedan hit the back of the truck, which was blocking travel lanes during a traffic investigation, said Cobb police spokesman Neil Penirelli. The truck had its emergency lights activated. Cobb County Fire said the truck caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames. Additional crews were dispatched to help with the investigation into the second accident.
The first responders rescued the driver of the car that crashed into the fire truck, “despite being surrounded by heavy flames and zero water protection,” the department added.
No police officers or fire fighters were injured in the collision. Penirelli said the driver of the car was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Denell Boyd, Cobb County Fire spokeswoman, said the replacement value of the engine would be about $800 000. Crew members who relied on Engine 9 are currently using a reserve engine, Boyd said.
Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services posted on Facebook: Earlier this morning Cobb Fire's Engine-9 responded to a vehicle accident on I-20 between Thornton Rd and Riverside. While tending to the wreck, a car struck the back of Engine-9, resulting in Engine-9 catching fire and becoming fully involved. Company-1 and Engine-27 were then dispatched and quickly arrived on the scene to help their brothers and sisters. Thankfully, the crew was not inside the Fire Apparatus at the time it was hit. Engine-9 was struck at 4h08 and suffered extensive damage (total loss).
All police and fire on the scene were uninjured because of the crew’s proper placement of the engine. Placing the fire apparatus at appropriate angles and distances help shield patients and responders during traffic accidents.
Our courageous PD officers assisted with rescuing the driver (of the vehicle that struck Engine-9) almost immediately, despite being surrounded by heavy flames and zero water protection. The patient was transported to the hospital (unsure of the patient's condition at-this time). The driver was the only one in the car.
The driver of the car was transported to the hospital. Thankfully, there were no other occupants in the vehicle. Although there are laws in place to help protect our crews from events like this, we understand accidents happen. All of us at Cobb Fire are praying for the driver in his recovery. Our thoughts will also remain with our extremely brave men and women of Engine-9 and Cobb PD.
Video courtesy of Jennie Schott
Source: AJC News