A fire truck was totaled in South Carolina over the weekend after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and plowed through the scene of a previous crash.
The accident happened on Sunday, August 22nd just before 3 a.m. in Ft. Mill, South Carolina.
According to WBTV, the Flint Hill Fire Department truck was at the scene of another accident on Interstate 77 when a trucker traveling southbound fell asleep at the wheel, sending their rig plowing through the scene of the previous accident.
Many ask why we always post to “MOVE OVER” when you approach our scenes. Last night is an example why. Overnight a Flint Hill Fire Engine was struck by a passing tractor trailer as they worked an unrelated MVC on I-77. Miraculously no first responders were injured. #MoveOver #I77 pic.twitter.com/NkBCNLrQn1— Huntersville Fire (@Huntersville_FD) August 22, 2021
The force of the collision totaled the fire truck and damaged the semi truck but, miraculously, no one was seriously hurt in the incident. The truck driver was treated on scene and transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution, but is expected to make a full recovery, reported News 19.
It is not clear what citations, if any, were issued as a result of the wreck, but the Flint Hill Fire Department has used the accident as a reminder to motorists and truck drivers to please move over and slow down when passing first responders.
“Please keep all first responders in your thoughts and prayers while we perform our public safety duties,” the department wrote in a Facebook post.