An Omaha, Nebraska fire engine on a medical response collided with an SUV this (Wednesday) morning and then ran into a wall of an art gallery.
The crash happened at 16th and Leavenworth around 10:30 Wednesday morning. Levenworth was initially shut down to traffic in the area.
The fire truck hit a building after colliding with the other vehicle.
Witness Kristi Staiert tells WOWT 6 News, “We tried to get the guy in the white truck out of the car but the doors wouldn’t open. He was in there just stunned. Um, I went over to the fire trucks to see if they were OK and most of them were OK just one of the firefighters had a big gash on his head and was bleeding but he seemed to be OK.”
Fire officials say the man driving the SUV was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered life threatening.
Four firefighters were transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
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The art galley sustained damage. The owner was inside at the time, but wasn’t injured.
In spite of their own injuries, the firefighters involved in the crash provided care to the driver of the SUV, according to a statement from Steve LeClair, president of the Omaha Professional Firefighters Association.
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