INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four IFD Firefighters escaped serious injury after a man slammed into their stopped engine as it was preparing to back into the firehouse.
The man, who IMPD officers say was travelling approximately 90 mile per hour, told officers he did not see the engine before he struck it. IMPD investigators estimated his skid marks over 100 feet before he hit the engine.
Engine 30’s crew was returning from a run on Alton St. when they were positioning the apparatus to back into the station. Per standard procedure the engine-turned on its red lights, angled the apparatus in front of the approach and was preparing to back into the bay when the man’s car plowed into the right rear corner of the engine and pushed it about 10 feet onto the opposite sidewalk. The man jumped out of the car and started to flee the scene, but returned when the firefighters got out of the fire truck to check on his welfare and yelled for him to come back.
Although all 4 firefighters were belted during the return to the station from Alton St., at the point where they were stopped and preparing to back into the station, two fire fighters had unbuckled and were within seconds of opening their doors and stepping off the engine. Per IFD procedures, any time an apparatus is backing up – there must be two spotters with one on either side.
But spotters had yet to exit the fire truck and upon impact from the car crashing into the truck were then thrown about the cab upon impact with one landing underneath the officer’s side dash and the other on the floor of the cab rear.
All four firefighters were able to exit the engine on their own accord and began to assess the driver for injuries upon his return to the scene. Ladder 30’s crew who was on station at the time, took over patient care of the man while medics worked to assess the firefighters.