COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - It was a close call for some Coweta County firefighters after a pickup smashed into their fire truck on the freeway. The rescuers were working an accident scene and were saved only by the luck of the way they had parked the fire truck.
Police said the accident could have been avoided if the pickup had moved over a lane. When firefighters are working an accident scene on the interstate, they park the fire truck in the lane at an angle so it becomes a barrier to protect the firefighters, law enforcement, and victims.
Coweta County firefighters said the pickup driver struck the back of the fire truck while they were working an accident on Interstate 85 early Thursday morning. The wreck caused serious damage to the back of the firetruck. The chief said the firefighters were standing next to when they heard the car coming toward them.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital along with the driver of another car.
The accident serves as a dangerous reminder of the importance of Georgia's Move Over Law which requires drivers to move to another lane when emergency vehicles with flashing lights are on the scene.
The accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed.