We were dispatched to a unknown if injury MVC on the freeway. There was a passenger car and a semi truck involved in this incident. The two patients in the car were placed inside a patrol officers car with very minor injuries and taken to the next exit, about 100 yards up the freeway off ramp. At this time, I was the driver of the engine and when we arrived on scene, there was a semi truck parked between the shoulder of the freeway and the off ramp. The patrol car was parked on the shoulder of the off ramp. As I pulled up to the patrol car, I took up the shoulder and part of the off ramp. We got out of the engine and headed toward the patrol car. We were told that there were two patients in the back that needed to be transported to the hospital. My Captain said that he needed some gloves, so I went back to the engine, got in on the drivers door and stepped up to reach a pair of gloves. The next thing I felt was the wind blowing on the back of my neck. As I turned to my left, all I could see was a semi trailer that missed both me and the drivers door by inches. My Captain saw what had just happened and repositioned the engine in order to shut down the off ramp and notified the state patrol officer that was on scene.
The biggest lesson learned is, that no matter what the incident is, major or minor, freeway on ramps and off ramps get closed. IT JUST MAKES US SAFER!!!