PINELLAS COUNTY, FL. – A Palm Harbor Firefighter was stuck by an SUV overnight while working the scene of a car accident on US-19.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, on Wednesday morning at 3:23 AM, FHP Troopers responded to a traffic crash along northbound US-19 at Innisbrook Drive.
A sedan driven by a 53-year-old Tarpon Springs man was stopped at the traffic signal in the inside lane and was struck from behind by another sedan driven by a 35-year-old Clearwater woman.
Crews from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to the crash scene to render aid to both drivers. Upon their arrival, two fire trucks were blocking the left turn lane, inside lane, and inside center lane when a pickup truck traveling northbound collided with the right side of both fire trucks in successive order.
Troopers say the pickup truck continued northbound and struck a firefighter Lieutenant who was afoot near the two sedans, then rotated to the outside shoulder and collided with a fire hydrant.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue said, “The Firefighter struck by the GMC Denali Pickup is a 38-year-old female Lt. on Squad 65. She is currently in critical but stable condition at this time.”
The driver of the pickup truck was transported to an area hospital where he later expired.
The firefighter was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical, but stable condition. Both drivers from the initial crash suffered minor injuries.
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