Car smashes into Columbia firetruck Saturday afternoon

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 6:31 p.m. CDT; updated 1:36 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 13, 2014
A crash Saturday afternoon left damage to both vehicles after a car struck a Columbia firetruck at Hinkson Avenue and North William Street. No major injuries were sustained by those involved in the crash.

*A previous version of this article misidentified the driver of the firetruck.

COLUMBIA — A car crashed into a city firetruck at the intersection of Hinkson Avenue and North William Street on Saturday afternoon.

The ladder truck, which is bigger and longer than most firetrucks, was heading back to the station after a call, Columbia Fire Department Division Chief Jerry Jenkins said.

The truck was traveling west on Hinkson Avenue when it came to a four-way stop at the intersection of North William Street. As the truck was turning left into the intersection, a silver Volkswagen Jetta, which was heading north, struck it on the side.

It was unclear whether the Jetta stopped at the stop sign, said Patrol Officer Dan Wright, who is investigating the crash. 

Firefighters in the truck reported the incident at 12:30 p.m., Jenkins said. Police and an ambulance arrived shortly after.

The man who was driving the Jetta was transported to the Boone Hospital Center to be evaluated for potential injuries, Wright said.

None of the three firefighters in the ladder truck reported injuries.

All of the firefighters had their seat belts on at the time of the collision, but it's unclear whether the Jetta's driver was wearing a seat belt, Wright said.

The Jetta's hood was severely bent, and the car had to be towed from the scene. Its airbags did not deploy, Jenkins said.

"The firetruck has sustained significant damage to the side of the truck," Jenkins said. "It's drivable, but it will be taken out of services until repairs are done."

The ladder truck is one of three that the city owns. Every day, there are two ladder trucks in service, with a third on reserve. Because of the damage to this ladder truck, the reserve will be used instead, Jenkins said.

Wright said he was not able to identify the driver on Saturday afternoon. At the time, nobody had been ticketed, and Wright said he is waiting to speak to the driver before determining the cause of the accident.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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