A Key Peninsula Fire battalion chief and two others were hurt on 6/13/12 in a crash on the Key Peninsula Highway, officials said Tuesday.
The three were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for treatment. The battalion chief had possible rib fractures and other chest injuries, Assistant Fire Chief Guy Allen said. The condition of the other two was not known.
The battalion chief was responding to a request for help with a medical aid call when the accident happened shortly before midnight Monday, said Allen, who gave this account:
The battalion chief arrived at a call in the southern end of Key Peninsula Fire’s district. A medic unit then arrived and loaded up the patient.
As the ambulance headed for the hospital, the patient’s condition worsened and the crew needed help. The driver got on the radio and tried to find another paramedic to ride in the back of the ambulance and help treat the patient.
The district’s other medic unit was tied up on another call. The battalion chief said he’d help with the move, and headed to a fire station to meet the ambulance.
The battalion chief was driving north on Key Peninsula Highway with his vehicle’s lights and sirens activated when it and a car traveling west on Cornwall Road KP South collided. The car reportedly didn’t stop for the stop sign at Key Peninsula Highway and went into the intersection, Allen said.
The battalion chief’s rig hit the other car on the driver’s side.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the crash.
Posted by Stacey Mulick; The News Tribune at June 13, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.