A woman was seriously hurt and trapped in her car this morning after she collided with a fire engine parked at the scene of an earlier freeway accident in Rialto, fire officials say.
The wreck was reported at 2:17 a.m. along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Riverside Avenue.
“Firefighters were returning to their unit when a female driver in her early 30s struck the right rear of the fire engine with her Huyundai Accent, lodging the vehicle under the (fire) engine and trapping the driver,” San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said in a written statement.
“Had the fire engine not been parked where it was, the Hyundai would have plowed into the two vehicles involved in the previous (non-injury) collision,” Martinez said.
The four firefighters were unhurt and used the Jaws of Life to free the woman from the wreckage. She was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the cause of both crashes.
This incident marks the second collision in less than a month involving a motorist who struck a fire engine while its crew was at the scene of an earlier freeway collision.
On April 22, a man died when he sped into the rear of a fire engine at the Oak Hills off-ramp along the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near the top of Cajon Pass. In both cases, the fire engine’s emergency lights were flashing, fire officials say.