State law in Georgia basically states that an emergency vehicle, such as a police vehicle, ambulance, or fire vehicle has the right-of-way when lights and siren are activated. Many drivers know that the law further states that they should pull over to the right, come to a complete stop, and allow the emergency vehicle to pass on the left. It happens at times that an emergency vehicle must stop or another motorist finds themselves unable to stop, causing a collision with the emergency vehicle. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on an accident involving a fire engine that was hit while responding to another crash.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning in Coweta County. At about 5:15 a.m., a fire truck was responding to a crash on I-85 North. The truck was blocking the far-left lane close to mile marker 49.
A Ford F-150 approaching the scene slowed, and the Dodge Ram following behind the Ford hit it. The Ford went around the fire truck, but the Dodge continued forward, striking the back of the emergency vehicle. The Ram then overturned and landed on the side of the vehicle on top of a median wall.
Both drivers were taken to separate hospitals, with injuries that were not life-threatening.
No one in the fire truck was injured.
The cause of the crash is unclear, and I-85 was shut down for nearly two hours before reopening around 7:15 a.m.
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