UPDATE: Three firefighters injured in big rig crash released from hospital

Paramedics tend to inured firefighters at the scene of a crash near Gorman. Jeff Zimmerman/For The Signal
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Three firefighters were hurt Tuesday night when a big rig slammed into their fire engine have been treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released.

The firefighters were just wrapping up on a call to rescue two young crash victims.

“They had minor injuries and were sent to Henry Mayo (Newhall) Hospital,” Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal Wednesday morning.  “They were released from hospital last night.”

A severely damaged Fire Engine 77 is parked at the scene of a crash near Gorman. Jeff Zimmerman/For The Signal

The three were transported to the hospital following a collision with a big rig near Gorman, a fire official confirmed.

An engine company from Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 77 in Gorman had responded to an earlier traffic collision near Interstate 5 and Quail Lake Road in which two children had been injured.

The crash involving the fire engine happened at 7:09 p.m. on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 when the fire engine was struck by a big rig.

“They were tending to these (child) victims and as they were leaving the crash happened,” Marron said.

The injured firefighters had just finished treating two children hurt in a solo vehicle crash near Quail Lake Road in which an SUV blew a rear tire, left the highway and plunged down an embankment in the Grapevine late Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, just north of Quail Lake Road, when a large black SUV left the roadway and plunged over the side, according to reports received by the California Highway Patrol.

Efforts were underway as of 6:30 p.m. to find a suitable place to land a rescue helicopter for the two pediatric patients.

Although fire officials initially considered landing the rescue helicopter on the freeway with the CHP’s assistance, a Fire Department Captain chose instead to have the helicopter land at Fire Station #77 in Gorman near the crash site.

CHP officer investigates crash that sent three firefighters to the hospital. photo by Jeff Zimmerman, for The Signal.


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