Vehicle drives through crash scene with emergency responders, injures firefighter
WINNIPEG -- The City of Winnipeg is reminding motorists to slow down when emergency responders are working at the scene of collisions.
The city said on Friday around 10:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a two vehicle crash near Inkster Blvd. and Parr St., when another vehicle drove through the scene.
“Clipped a firefighter and then crashed into a home,” said a news release Saturday.
“Paramedics assessed their fellow WFPS member. Thankfully injuries were not severe and transport to hospital was not required,” the city said.
Police were immediately dispatched, and took the driver into custody.
On Saturday, The Winnipeg Police Service told CTV Winnipeg the driver was possibly impaired.
No one involved in the initial collision was injured.
“Members of the public are reminded that when emergency responders are at the scene of a motor vehicle collision, drivers should always slow down and change lanes, only if it safe to do so,” the city said.
The city provided statistics it said came from the Association of Fire Chiefs.
“The organization stated that already in 2019, at least 10 first responders have been struck and killed by passing motorists on North American roadways. As well, non-fatal collisions are also happening more frequently, despite emergency vehicles having brighter lights and louder sirens”, the city said.
Police said the investigation continues.
‘CAME BARRELING THOUGH’: WITNESS
Kiki Weselowski watched the crash from her window across the street.
"She just came barreling through them and ran into that tree there,” Weselowski said about the driver.
“She was screaming you know, 'I slid, I slid there, honestly I slid there,'” she said.
Tyra Traverse lives at the house where the vehicle ended up. She said she's thankful she wasn't home when the crash took place and the vehicle stopped where it did.
"That would be upsetting. Especially because I have two kids in the house and dogs and stuff, that would be really sad,” Traverse said.
United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg said it’s been in contact with the firefighters at the scene Friday night and everyone was shaken.
It says this week alone, it's aware of several close calls involving its members.
"It's really unfortunate that it keeps happening because we put the messaging out there, to please slow down around emergency vehicles, slow down around emergency scenes," said executive member Derek Balcaen.