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WICHITA, Kansas — A pair of firefighters and a medic are all recovering Tuesday after they were hit by a spinning car on Kellogg Monday night while trying to load a patient into an ambulance.
It happened around 11:30 on Kellogg in front of Newman University.
Emergency crews were loading a patient into an ambulance after his car spun out and wound up in the embankment.
That’s when another car headed east on Kellogg lost control on the wet highway.
The 19-year-old somehow bounced off the median hit a fire truck, and then plowed into a safe zone blocked off by the truck and ambulance.
“If the emergency vehicles hadn’t been set up the way they were, and the vehicle would’ve hit the paramedics straight on after hitting that, we would’ve had a critical accident if not fatalities involved,” said Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police Department.
Two firefighters, the medic and the patient on the stretcher were sent spinning.
Police say the car was likely slowed down dramatically after bouncing off both the median and the fire truck.
“You’ll look at them and say I don’t understand why they’re hogging up the whole road. Well the reason, they’re hogging up the whole road is to protect an area so we can get into that area, a safe zone, so we can get into that area and provide care for the patients,” said Deputy Chief Tammy Snow, Wichita Fire Department.
Both firefighters, the medic and the patient were all treated and released.
The 19-year-old driver in the crash could face charges.
Police are waiting on tests to see if he was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The number one cause of death for firefighters isn’t from fighting fires.
It is from responding to accidents.