Reported by: Shannon Kettler
Last updated: 1/14/2005 4:11:34 PM
Two Cincinnati firefighters and one recruit are injured after their ambulance collided with a train Friday morning.
The crash happened in the 5400 block of River Road in Riverside just after 10:30 a.m.
There was no patient on board.
The two firefighters, Mark Dolan and Joseph Eves, along with the recruit, Frederick Avrol, have minor injuries and are expected to be okay. The trio was responding to a call for an injured shoulder.
In order to get to the location, they had to cross the railroad tracks, and that’s where the crash happened.
“It was just a boom! I mean it was a hard hit, just metal against metal,” said Terry Hiles, who lives near the scene and felt his house shake upon collision.
Emergency crews arrived and rushed the two firefighters and a recruit on board to the hospital.
Fellow firefighters arrived to check on their status.
“All the injuries are minor,” said Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kuhn. “They’re had some tests done to make sure they didn’t have any broken bones or anything, they’re all minor”
Back at the scene, investigators with the Cincinnati Traffic Section tried to determine exactly how the crash happened. As of Friday evening, it was still too early to tell.
Steven Frey owns a home right across the street from where the accident took place and says this isn’t the first train wreck he’s seen over the last 15 years.
“This is the fourth one I know of. I know of two semi’s, one was a fatal, another was a green truck and now the ambulance,” said Frey.
This time folks were thankful no one seriously hurt.
“Equipment can be replaced, people can’t, especially city workers, the jobs they do, they do a great job for us. A lot of people don’t realize that,” said Niles.