An Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) fire apparatus was damaged when it was hit by a vehicle that failed to yield, which caused a second accident.
Engine 25 was responding with lights and sirens activated when witnesses report that a driver failed to yield the red light nor yield to the oncoming fire engine, which had the green. The vehicle impacted the fire truck on the passenger side rear door and wheel well, with the impact leaving part of her bumper and front license plate embedded in the wheel. The rig was pushed into the opposing lanes of traffic, hit a Prius, and pushed it into an Eclipse behind it. All lanes of opposing traffic were stopped, yielding to the oncoming fire engine.
Police on scene confirm that the first driver did not yield, which initiated the incident. The IFD crew from Engine 25 were OK but shaken, immediately rendered aid, and initiated care for the passengers of two vehicles. The civilians transported to local hospitals was mostly precautionary. The driver of the vehicle that caused the chain reaction declined to be transported. No firefighters were transported. The engine sustained considerable damage with the cab now completely misaligned from the remainder of the engine.
Information courtesy of Rita Reith (IFD PIO).