Three Injured After Memphis (TN) Fire Apparatus Collides with Car

A Memphis (TN) fire engine collided with a white Ford Taurus, critically injuring a mother and her toddler son. The child was ejected from the car, police said, while the mother was trapped inside.

Firefighters from the wrecked pumper then worked to stabilize the child while also extracting the mother from the demolished car. The mother was rushed to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis while the child was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; both remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon. One of the firefighters was taken to Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in noncritical condition.

“We have concern for the two individuals, the woman and child who were injured,” Memphis Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Staples said. “The investigation will lead to what actually took place in this case. It will be a learning event for all of us.”

Another emergency vehicle was dispatched to handle the original call.

Staples said that, normally, both the engine and an ambulance would have been dispatched to help the man suffering chest pains, but in this case, the ambulance was on another call. That just left the engine, which also carried some lifesaving equipment.

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