On Tuesday, Dec. 10, a 23-year-old man was hit by a fire truck and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The man, a resident of Chino, was struck around midnight while he was in the driveway of a fire station in San Bernardino County. The man was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was treated for major series injuries to his back and chest. Two firefighters were inside of the truck when the incident occurred, but no charges have been filed.
One officer for the California Highway Patrol stated that investigators are examining the possible causes of the almost fatal truck accident. The CHP team responsible for investigating major accidents has been interviewing witnesses and fire department employees. It is not known if the fire truck was on its way to a fire or returning to the station. The employees that were in the truck have not been forced to take administrative leave.
The county took control of the fire station in June of this year. It had previously been operated by a different fire district. A spokesperson for the county indicated that the department's safety procedures and policies will be reexamined as a result of the collision. The spokesperson indicated that it is normal for the department to evaluate its policies after an event such as this.
People in jobs that require operating a vehicle have a responsibility to drive safely and watch out for pedestrians, even when responding to an emergency. The investigation may not reveal that the firefighters were at fault in this situation. If it does, the man who was hit may be able to file a lawsuit that could at least help him recoup some medical expenses.
Source: sbsun.com, "Chino man critically injured in San Bernardino County fire truck crash" Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Dec. 11, 2013