Was distracted driving to blame for Sunday's crash?
Fox 4 News Staff
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The fire truck T-boned a black Honda Sunday morning hard enough to rush the car's driver and two first responders to the hospital.
"Our firefighters are very shaken up," said Battalion Chief David Tilton. "But right now i don't think they're injured, they're more shook up than anything else. They're more worried about the person in the car."
That person failed to pull over at the intersession of Winkler Avenue and Veronica Shoemaker, when fire trucks were responding to a call at a nearby Publix.
"When people dial 911, we don't know what their emergency is until we arrive," said Scott Wirth, the division chief of operations, with the Fort Myers Fire Department.
"Anything that takes you out of touch with the environment around you, is going to make it harder for you to respond," added Wirth.
He wouldn't comment on the accident but says the fire truck's lights were flashing and its sirens blaring warning drivers to clear the way.
"It's pretty common you see it at intersections where most everybody will stop and somebody won't respond or wont' see you for whatever reason," explained Wirth.
Leading to casualties like this one. Wirth stresses to always be aware of your surroundings. This crash could have been much worse.
"If that takes turning down the radio, if that takes sometimes cracking the window.," said Wirth. "Don't text and drive, don't use your cell phone, just be aware that's everyone's responsibility."
The driver of the car and the firefighters were treated for minor injuries. And police cited that driver for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle