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Hillsborough fire rescue engine hit while responding to another accident

A crash on I-4 near Plant City sent one person to the hospital. (Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue)
A crash on I-4 near Plant City sent one person to the hospital. (Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue)
Published Jul. 21, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH — A car slammed into the back of Hillsborough County fire rescue truck as it was responding to a separate single vehicle accident Saturday morning.

The driver of the black Toyota Corolla became trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Engine 26 were able to extract the unidentified driver from the vehicle that struck them.

He was airlifted to a local hospital, according to HCFR.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The firefighters were responding to another crash that occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday morning on I-4 Westbound just East of Branch Forbes Rd.

A driver in a white Toyota Corolla appeared to have spun out of control, striking the median divider, responders said. The driver of the white Corolla sustained minor injuries. No injuries were reported for the Engine 26 crew.

Sad irony this morning on I-4! While responding to a car accident on the side of the road, our Engine 26 was struck from behind by a third vehicle (black Corolla below) causing the driver of that car to become entrapped. We got him out and airlifted to a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/BWZNbvv6Sg

Contact McKenna Oxenden at moxenden@tampabay.com. Follow @mack_oxenden

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