FIRE APPARATUS STRIKE CIVILIAN IN CALIFORNIA

     

Friday, December 20, 2013 A Chino man sustained major injuries after he was struck by a fire truck in Old Town Crestline shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Seandor Wayne Flis, 23, was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his neck and back. His condition at the time of admittance was listed as critical. However, on Monday his condition had been upgraded to critical, but stable.


Authorities have remained tight-lipped about the incident over the past seven days, releasing few details, other than saying the victim was struck by a brush engine in the driveway of the Crest Forest Fire District’s headquarters station on Crest Forest Drive in Crestline. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said Tuesday the engine, with a captain and engineer on board, was exiting the station, en-route to an emergency call.
Asked whether the fire engine had its emergency lights and siren engaged as it was exiting the station, Martinez said she was not sure. “After midnight, they don’t always go Code 3.”
California Highway Patrol spokesman Al Chen said Tuesday that no one has been cited in the incident and that it is under investigation by the department’s Major Accident Investigation Team. Neither Chen, nor Martinez was able to comment on why the victim was in the driveway of the fire station after midnight on the morning of the incident. “We have several officers looking into every aspect of this incident,” Chen said. Chen would not comment on whether or not the victim may have been ill or otherwise impaired prior to being struck.
Chen and Martinez both confirmed that the incident was reported by an anonymous witness; however, neither would comment on whether the witness was a civilian or firefighter. Martinez said the fire department plans to review its policies and procedures related to the incident. That’s standard operating procedure anytime you have an incident like this,” Martinez said.


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