A woman is suspected of DUI with a three-year-old child in the car and a firefighter may lose his leg or foot. That’s the bad news from Kansas City, Missouri this evening. FireTruckBlog.com and Firefighter Nation were first with the story shortly after the 1:50 PM crash. Since then the firefighter has been identified as Fire Apparatus Driver Jeff Smith, a 21-year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department.
Smith was at the wheel of the fire engine as it left Station 42 on East Red Bridge Red responding on a medical call. The rig didn’t get far.
Kansas City Fire Department spokesperson Joe Vitale said the fire truck and a car collided head-on. The fire truck then crashed into a utility pole, which knocked down electrical lines on top of the fire truck.
Kansas City Fire Department Station 42 is just around the bend in this Google Maps Street View image. The arrow shows where the rig ended up. Click the photo to tour the area.
Preliminary findings suggest that the female driver of the car was driving under the influence and crossed over the median, according to police. The Kansas City Police Department will investigate the crash.
The child was not injured and the woman’s injuries are not life threatening.
Authorities said the firefighter in serious, but stable condition.
Most of the damage was sustained to the driver’s side of both vehicles.
Satellite view of the same area showing fire station and crash scene.
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