One Detroit firefighter needed stitches in his head and another has a broken arm after their truck flipped on Woodward Avenue on their way to a fire this morning.
Two other firefighters were not seriously hurt when the truck skidded and rolled onto its roof at 7:15 a.m. at West McNichols Detroit Fire Department Captain and acting Battalion Chief Michael Gallo said.
“I was sitting right here and I was like, ‘Damn! He ain’t gonna make it,’” said Michelle Martin, 41, of Detroit, who watched the wreck happen from the window at her desk as she dispatched for Metropolitan Cab Company. “It was on two wheels.
They tried to cut that corner too fast.”
She said she saw all four firefighters thrown from the truck, although the squads are equipped with seatbelts. One was nearly crushed, she said.
“He was this far from being landed on by the fire truck,” she said as she held her palms a couple of inches apart in front of her.
On their way to what turned out to be a fire in a vacant house about a mile north of the accident, the crew is lucky they weren’t more seriously injured, a concerned co-worker said.
“Somebody could have been killed the way it flipped, said Detroit Fire Sgt. Randy King, 47. He responded to his co-workers’ accident rather than relieving them at 8 a.m. shift change at their Dexter Boulevard station. “Everyone’s like a close family here, so we were concerned. We see those guys every morning; it’s just like a family member being in an accident.”
The truck, Rescue Squad 5, was rushing to a house fire at West Hollywood and Woodward.
Stripes of red and white paint scarred the road where the truck skidded across Woodward, coming to rest upside-down in the street. Northbound Woodward Avenue was closed through 1:15 p.m. for the investigation and clean-up.
DFD squads like the one that crashed carry firefighters and equipment to fires, and, ironically, are the rigs that respond to rollover vehicle accidents.
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