An Atlanta (GA) Firefighter was severely injured when he was struck by a vehicle along Interstate 85 northbound near Cleveland Avenue this morning. The Firefighter was part of a crew operating at a wreck on the interstate and was stepping off of fire apparatus when he was struck by another vehicle around 0730 hours. The Firefighter, a 47-year-old, seven-year veteran Sergeant with the department, was in very, very serious condition but stable and in surgery with serious injuries to his lower extremities.
Atlanta Fire Rescue dispatches and positions rigs in such a manner as to block and protect other crew members working the wreck. As the engine was moving into position and the Fire Sergeant was “stepping off of the apparatus,” – he was struck by vehicle. AFR Chief Randall Slaughter said his Firefighters had just completed a department-wide exercise on safety while working along highways and interstates.
The driver of the other vehicle involved was also injured and being treated. That person was expected to be placed into police custody following treatment.
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