New Waverly Fire and EMS crews responded to an accident on I-45 just after 4 Tuesday morning, and a New Waverly Engine was struck while parked on the freeway.
Firefighters were sitting in the truck parked at an angle to protect DPS Troopers and Tow Operators working to clear the scene when the first of two secondary accidents occurred. The first vehicle was unable to slow down and ran off the road and did not strike any vehicles or emergency personnel, but just a couple minutes later a Ford Expedition was also traveling too fast to avoid the scene and struck the fire truck with a glancing blow.
Both the Expedition and the fire truck received heavy damage, but fortunately the positioning of the fire truck kept the Expedition from traveling into the accident scene and striking the Troopers and Tow Operators. Two Firefighters were in the truck, but they were not injured, nor was the driver of the Expedition.
DPS Troopers will be conducting the investigation, but it appears that speed and road conditions likely contributed to the accidents. Drivers are reminded that State Law requires all drivers to slow down and move over. Many drivers simply move over and continue at high speed past accident scenes, posing a serious safety hazard to emergency responders and accident victims.