Firefighter jumped on running board, may have blocked driver’s view, report says Injuries Not Life-Threatening
January 14, 2005
CINCINNATI — Three firefighters were injured Friday after an train collided with their ambulance
Police said the ambulance, from lower Price Hill, was en route to pick up a worker at the Cargill Plant with a shoulder injury at about 11 a.m. when it was hit by a train in the 5000 block of River Rd. in Riverside. The patient was not in the ambulance at the time of the accident.
There were no flashing signals at the unmarked railroad crossing, News 5’s Courtis Fuller reported.
Two firefighters and a recruit were taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. The ambulance driver, Joseph Eves, 49, was treated and released. Firefighter Mark Dolan, 38, and recruit Fred Averill, 33, were passengers in the ambulance.
“We do have some injuries, none of them appear to be life-threatening,” said Lt. Kurt Byrd.
Sources said it appears that the most severe injury was a dislocated shoulder, Fuller reported.
Union officials speculated that the single-engine train may have been working at a slow speed in a nearby industrial park, News 5’s Todd Dykes reported.
In the meantime, firefighters and police officers are concerned about how something like the accident could happen.
“If I’m driving down there and go and turn, I could see both ways. I dont understand why the ambulance didn’t see the train,” said Roscoe Gerber, a nearby resident.
Investigators said they would reconstruct the scene in an effort to determine exactly what happened.