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4 Beech Grove firefighters injured after motorist strikes fire engine

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 05, 2020

BEECH GROVE — A motorist who was allegedly driving impaired struck a fire engine and injured four Beech Grove firefighters who were responding to a field fire Saturday night.

Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley said in an email that firefighters arrived at the fire just after 10 p.m. and left the engine to investigate. When they returned to pull a handline off the engine, a driver crashed into the fire engine and hit a light pole.

Four of the five firefighters on the engine suffered injuries. Buckley said two firefighters were thrown 10-15 feet away from the fire engine. The four firefighters were transported to Methodist Hospital where they were treated and released.

Buckley said the fifth firefighter walked over the vehicle, turned off the ignition and placed the keys on top of the vehicle.

Beech Grove Fire Captain John J. Bishop said the front bumper and cab of the fire engine were damaged.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested the driver for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Buckley said.