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First Responders Hit in Weather-Related Car Accidents

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—It was an extremely close call for firefighters working a crash scene where a van ran right into the fire truck.

Hanover fire crews were working at a crash site on I-95 early Tuesday morning. But for some reason, the driver of a van didn't move out of the way.

"The fire engine is parked in a safe location and the blocking position which is a position we take to protect the crews on the scene at that time a vehicle struck the fire engine which was quite alarming," says Hanover Battalion Chief Jason Williams. "We got lucky today. Someone could have been hurt or killed had they been struck by this vehicle. Today the fire engine did its job to protect the crews. It took a hit today but it protected our fire crews and firefighters working on the scene.""

Three Virginia State Troopers were also struck by drivers in the Metro –Richmond area Tuesday.

Senior Trooper M. S. Felton was hit and injured by a car near Petersburg. An official with Virginia State Police said the trooper was on the right northbound shoulder of I-95 near the I-85 interchange when he got out of his car to check on a driver involved in a crash. Two more drivers lost control of their vehicles and one of them struck Felton. The trooper and three other drivers were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Two troopers were injured in Henrico County after drivers lost control of their vehicles and hit their patrol cars. The early morning incidents happened on Brook Road at I-95 and on I-64 westbound near Laburnum Avenue. No one was injured in the accidents.

Steven Chumley, the Division Commander of the Virginia State Police Richmond Division, said slowing down is the one thing every driver can do to help prevent weather-related crashes. “As motorists, you must drive within your abilities and maintain control of your vehicles at all times. Thankfully no one was killed or suffered any life-threatening injuries.”

Nineteen state troopers were hit on the job from 2012 to 2013, but there is a law in place to protect them.

In 2002, the General Assembly passed the "move over" law. It requires drivers to move over if they see any emergency workers on the roadway.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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