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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2014) — An Indianapolis fire fighter sent to the hospital after a crash between a fire truck and a car. It happened a little after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Courtyard by Marriott on Southport Crossings Drive.

The firefighter behind the wheel of the truck was taken to Methodist Hospital downtown to be checked, which the fire department says is standard operating procedure. Investigators are left with more questions than answers after what happened.

“The engine and ladder were dispatched here on an alarm run. That run was complete and they were prepared to leave the scene,” said Lt. Bonnie Hensley with the Indianapolis Fire Department.

That’s when something went wrong.

“They accelerated, hit a parked car, and ended up here at the corner,” said Lt. Hensley.

The car that was hit belongs to a guest at the hotel. The fire truck kept going, took out a large tree before finally stopping. Paramedics took the firefighter to Methodist Hospital to be checked, the three others in the truck at the time were fine. It took this 85 ton tow truck to hoist the front of the crippled truck up enough so the broken equipment underneath the fire truck could be removed and eventually towed away. Seeing what happened hit tow truck driver Tim Key a little hard.

“We work with these guys all the time, we work with them and we know them all pretty personally, I mean we know some of them real close. So when you see stuff like, it touches home,” Key said.

The fire department tells us the fire fighter was awake and talking at the hospital, but what exactly caused this accident is still not known. The owner of the car that was hit was not hurt.