RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We have some new information on a crash involving a Chesterfield fire truck from overnight.
The driver, 87 year old Gyula Mayer from Sutherland has been charged with reckless driving. Police say he drove his car into the back of a Chesterfield fire truck, that was on the scene for a medical call.
Chesterfield Fire and EMS tell us they had the fire truck on scene to act as a buffer for the 5 responders on scene for the medical call. Chesterfield leaders actually came up with the policy of having at least 1 extra buffer unit on all scenes that are on the highway. It is simply there to provide safety for those who are on scene.
Fire crews say that they had the right lane and right shoulder closed when the driver ran into the back of the fire truck. There is significant damage to the truck, estimated to cost at least $50,000.
The driver is recovering from his injuries. He was taken to VCU Medical Center and should be okay.
This all went down around 9:30 on Wednesday evening. No firefighters or EMS personnel were injured. Crews are grateful for the truck acting as a buffer. Had that not been there, crews are worried that several responders on scene last night could have died.