El Paso Firefighter Injured at Crash Scene

A speeding car sends debris flying, striking an El Paso firefighter.

Firefighter is struck by debris due to a speeding car

Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times


An El Paso firefighter was injured Monday night when a vehicle crashed while passing emergency crews at a traffic accident scene on Loop 375 on the East Side, officials said.

The crash occurred before 8 p.m. as El Paso police and firefighters were treating victims and investigating a rollover crash on Loop 375 near Iron Medics Drive, police said.

As rescuers were working, a firefighter was struck by debris when a speeding vehicle passed through the scene and crashed into a pole, the police and fire departments said in tweets.

The firefighter received minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out, the Fire Department said. The driver was detained by police.

The driver’s name and other details were not immediately available.

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Police remind drivers that Texas law requires motorists to move over a lane, if possible, or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit when passing a vehicle with flashing emergency lights that is stopped on the side of the road. The law applies to police and fire vehicles, ambulances and tow trucks.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 915-546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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