King William firefighter injured after emergency vehicle touches downed power line

Staff writer

A King William County firefighter was injured Monday night after the emergency vehicle he rode in hit a downed power line while responding to a car crash.

Around 11 p.m. Monday, firefighters from King William County’s station one were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Route 360 near the intersection of West River Road, according to a King William County Fire and EMS news release.

Fire Chief Andy Aigner could not be reached for comment.

Firefighters were notified while they were en route the crashed SUV had overturned onto a telephone pole and the driver was trapped inside, the release said.

While approaching the site of the crash, an emergency vehicle came into contact with a downed power line, according to the release. The powerline damaged the emergency vehicle and injured a firefighter.

Fire crews called for backup from Walkerton to help at the crash, the release said. King William medics approached the crashed SUV and saw the driver had gotten out of the vehicle, the release said.

The same medic crew tended to the injured firefighter and transported the firefighter to a local hospital, according to the release. The firefighter was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released.

King William County Fire and EMS has said it will investigate the incident and share its findings with other emergency agencies, the release said.

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