CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield fire truck was rear-ended by a vehicle while crews were responding to the scene of another crash.
Officials said Engine 11 was struck in the northbound lane of the Chippenham Parkway while responding to a crash.
Police said the fire truck was blocking the right lane with its emergency equipment activated when Joseph Clary, 40, of Chester, hit the back end with his vehicle, causing it to spin around into the middle lane.
“While working with the citizen from the previous accident they heard a loud crash and looked back to discover their fire engine had been run into by a passenger vehicle,” Chesterfield Fire Assistant Chief Matt Coffin said.
Fortunately, no firefighters were injured. However, Clary was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash happened near Hopkins Road around 11:43 a.m.
Clary is charged with reckless driving and driving while suspended.
“Whether your see lights, blue, red, green or yellow follow the law and move over,” Coffin said.
First responders are pleading for drivers to move over if they come upon emergency scenes.
Officials say it’s a serious matter.
You may remember, Hanover Firefighter Lt. Brad Clark was killed while on duty responding to an accident on 1-295 in October.
A short while late, a Virginia State Police car was rear-ended, not far from where Lt. Clark was killed while responding to an accident.
“We are there for you, and if something happens to us and we can’t get to your loved ones, then it puts at risk the loved ones of those who are supporting our responders here on the highways and roads,” Coffin said.
The impact of the car was so strong that it ruptured the diesel tank of the fire engine and it spilled fuel over the highway.
Officials say it can take tens of thousands of dollars to repair the emergency vehicle.