MFD Engine 55-B - June 28, 2004
June 28, 2004
Five Injured When Fire Truck Overturns
June 28, 2004
Memphis, TN - Authorities say a fire truck overturned around 11 this
morning at Holmes and Ross in the Hickory Hill area. The fire truck was
involved in a crash with a Honda Accord. The fire truck overturned on the
shoulder of Holmes, while the Honda sustained damage and ended up in a
ditch on the other side of the road. (See aerial video)
Police and five medical units responded. Five people were injured. Four
were firefighters, the fifth person was the female driver of the Honda,
identified as Cheryl Bernard. Bernard is a Shelby County jailer and was
just getting off her shift at work when the accident happened. Bernard and
a fire department lieutenant were taken to the Med, while the other three
firefighters were transported to Methodist Central.
Investigators say Ms. Bernard was traveling south on Ross Road just after
eleven this morning. As her car entered the intersection at Holmes Road, a
Memphis Fire Department truck traveling west, hit her red Honda. The truck
was on a call and the emergency lights and siren were operating. The
driver of the fire truck swerved to miss Ms. Bernardís vehicle but hit the
front of her car. The fire truck then veered off the road and into a
ditch. Ms. Bernard was issued a traffic citation for failing to yield the
right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.
Posted by: George Metaxas,
6/28/04, Updated 4:06 p.m.
Firefighters injured in crash
A Sergeant at the Shelby County jail was issued a traffic citation after
her car collided with a fire truck Monday morning. That crash sent four
Memphis firefighters to local hospitals with non-life-threatening
injuries. Cheryl Bernard was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way
to an emergency vehicle. The crash happened at East Holmes Road and Ross
Road. The fire truck ended up in a ditch. Engine 55 was responding to an
automatic fire alarm call when the crash happened just before 11 a.m.
Bernard was taken to the The Med in non-critical condition. Investigators
said Bernard's car was traveling south on Ross Road. As her car entered
the intersection at Holmes Road, a Memphis Fire Department truck traveling
west, hit her red Honda. The truck was on a call and the emergency lights
and siren were operating. The driver of the fire truck swerved to miss
Bernardís vehicle, but hit the front of her car. The fire truck then
veered off the road and into a ditch.
Firefighters Hurt In
Crash: Engine Flips Over
Posted: 6/28/2004 4:33:36 PM
Four firefighters and a Deputy Jailer are hurt tonight
after a crash in Hickory Hill.
The fire engine was responding to an alarm when it collided with a car.
The engine, carrying more than 6,000 pounds of water ended up on its side
in a ditch.
An off-duty deputy jailer was driving the car involved in the crash.
The crash happened at Ross Road and Holmes Road in Southeast Shelby
County. People who live near that intersection say people run the stop
sign all the time. Right now, investigators don't know if that type of a
traffic infraction is what caused the crash. It's up to Shelby County
Sheriff's Deputies and investigators to decide.