THIS MORNING at 0345 hours, San Antonio Fire AP 35 was struck while blocking for traffic on 410 westbound at Ingram Rd. AP 35 personnel were inside their apparatus at the time of the incident. They then shifted to address the driver of the other car who was pinned. The other driver was transported, conscious and stable in the EMS unit. AP35 served to protect E27 personnel who were up ahead of them. AP35 was able to limp to station 35 to begin the trade out process. Thankfully no serious injuries were sustained. This could have been a tragedy and was a reminder of the dangers our members face on the highway every day and night.
RELATED: Once again there has been another Line of Duty Death on the highway. This morning Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector (MCEI) Kimra J. Skelton was struck and killed in the Line of Duty on I-75, just north of Dayton, in Miami County. We share this law enforcement related incident due to the risk Fire, EMS and rescue personnel have on the roadways.
This tragic loss is just as OSP rolled out a new “MOVE OVER” video earlier this week, following ANOTHER OSP Trooper being struck and seriously injured (see below) : https://nbc24.com/news/local/ohio-state-highway-patrol-promoting-moveover-with-new-message-on-social-media
Today’s crash occurred at approximately 0647 hours on Interstate 75 in the City of Troy. MCEI Skelton was parked in a crossover when her vehicle was struck by a 2017 Ford F-250 that was traveling northbound. The truck, driven by Christopher G. Coorough, 44, of Kettering, traveled off the left side of the road and struck MCEI Skelton’s patrol vehicle. Coorough sustained minor injuries and was later transported to Kettering Medical Center in Troy.
MCEI Skelton, 49, has been a member of the Patrol since October 2005. She is survived by her husband and two children. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
VIDEO OF CRASH SCENE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzdqA8zLVoE
LAST WEEK a Trooper also from the Ohio State Highway Patrol was hospitalized morning after he was struck by vehicle while investigating a crash on U.S. 42 in Madison County, located outside of Columbus.
At approximately around 0610 hours Trooper Jason R. Hofmann was struck while investigating a two-vehicle minor injury crash on U.S. 42 near Interstate 70. He was outside his patrol car wearing a reflective vest while taking measurements on the right side of the berm when a van traveling south on U.S. 42 drifted off the right side of the road and struck Trooper Hofmann. The trooper sustained serious injuries and was transported via med flight to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.