A man was recently flown to a hospital following a collision with Front Royal (VA) Fire Department’s Engine 1-Bravo, reports winchesterstar.com.
The accident occurred near Strasburg Road and Homestead Drive just before 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the report. The apparatus—carrying three crew members—had responded to reports of a nearby crash and was returning to headquarters when it collided with a pickup truck carrying just the driver.
The truck was traveling east on Strasburg Road when it swerved to avoid hitting a stalled eastbound vehicle attempting to make a left turn, the report says. As a result, the apparatus collided with a westbound Toyota Tacoma. Fire crews found the pickup’s driver entrapped, and he was extricated after about 30 minutes.
The report notes that the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious-but-non-life-threatening injuries before he was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment.
The three firefighters involved in the crash, who also were all wearing seatbelts, were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital and released without significant injury, the report says. Officials say Front Royal’s Conor Wright, 25, was operating the apparatus.
The apparatus will be out of service for a significant period, but that will not affect the department as the engine was a back-up.
Charges are pending as the crash remains under investigation by police officials.