A Burton Fire District firetruck and a small sedan collided at the intersection of Trask Parkway and Bruce K. Smalls Drive at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday as the truck was on its way to fight a blaze.
The firefighters were uninjured and attended to the 67-year-old Seabrook man who was driving the smaller vehicle. That driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a fire district news release, and was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Engine 822 was struck as it was heading from Grays Hill fire station to a house fire on Stanley Road, according to the release. The firetruck was turning left onto Trask Parkway with its lights and sirens on while the other car was traveling north on Trask Parkway, Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of South Carolina Highway Patrol said Thursday afternoon.
Though state law allows emergency vehicles to proceed through red lights, they still have “the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons,” Southern said, quoting the law (SC 56-5-760).
Traffic was blocked for over an hour while Highway Patrol troopers responded to investigate the incident, according to the release.
The fire district’s new engine immediately responded to the fire, according to the release.
The damaged firetruck is 14 years old and will be inspected to see if it can return to service.