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Driver, 4 firefighters injured after head-on crash involving fire engine on Indy's northeast side

Posted at 7:00 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 17:38:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A man has been arrested following an accident between a car and fire truck on East 38th Street in Indianapolis late Sunday.

The 39-year-old driver of a Chrysler 300 faces charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Four firefighters and the Chrysler's driver were injured in the head-on crash.

Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith say the crash happened near the intersection of 38th Street and Butler Avenue just after 11:30 p.m.

Reith says the firefighters were on their way to an emergency call on Devon Court - with lights and sirens activated - when the car crossed the center line on 38th Street and struck them head-on.

PHOTOS | Fire engine involved in head-on crash

The collision forced the engine to slide across the eastbound lanes and off the road into the parking lot of a Conoco gas station.

The engine hit a sign, a light pole, several concrete barriers and a vacuum/air pump leaving debris about two football fields long before stopping, according to Reith.

The second collision with the pole and barriers was so violent that the Mobile Data Terminal flew out of the front windshield of the fire engine.

All four firefighters and the driver of the car were treated for minor injuries.

A breathalyzer test was administered to the firefighter driving the engine at the scene and it registered at a 0.0.

The driver of the car was taken into custody for questioning following the crash and now faces charges.

The crash remains under investigation by IMPD.