It was a close call for rescue workers in Osceola County as a semi-truck smashed into a fire truck on the side of Florida’s Turnpike while first responders were trying to rescue a trapped driver in an earlier rollover crash Saturday evening.
Dashcam video from a responding Osceola County deputy’s cruiser showed the semi coming to a stop very close to another emergency vehicle, sending first responders running for safety.
Debris from the crash can be seen flying toward and passing in between several responders on the side of the road.
“They were running. This is our biggest fear when we’re at a crash scene,” said Sgt. Kim Montes, with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Osceola County Fire Chief Robert Sorenson called the incident “scary,” but added first responders train for this type of situation.
Traffic cones were placed on the side of the Turnpike, tapering traffic away from the rescue efforts, and emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash.
Sorenson said fire crews are trained to park the fire truck at an angle, guarding emergency crews while they work.
In this case, no one was in the fire truck, but it could have been much worse.
Montes said the semi crash caught on video is a perfect example to show the importance of Florida’s Move Over law, which requires drivers approaching a law enforcement or emergency vehicle with flashing lights to either move to an outer lane or slow down.
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