A San Bernardino County (Calif.) engine company that was responding to a collision was struck from behind by a big rig on the Interstate 10 Freeway. At about 0234 hours Medic Engine 76 (ME76) from the Bloomington Fire Station was on the westbound side of the freeway to safely block the earlier collision when the big rig hit the apparatus from behind. All Firefighters were outside of the apparatus when it was struck and were not injured by the secondary crash.
Immediately after the secondary crash, firefighter-paramedics assessed for injuries and provided immediate care to two passengers in the large vehicle. Both parties inside the truck had minor injuries and declined transport. The apparatus was successful in shielding the original scene, however, ME76 sustained significant damage.