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Must see pair of dash-cam videos as ice takes toll on firefighters in OH & IN. Vehicle smashes into crash scene. Ice chunk takes out fire truck windshield.

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We have been traveling the last couple days and are glad we haven’t had to deal with the ice issues firefighters in the Midwest encountered. Here are two incidents were firefighters were hurt and very lucky that their injuries weren’t more serious.


A Dayton firefighter  was struck by an out of control pickup truck on icy US Highway 35 early Tuesday morning and it was all caught on a police cruiser cam.

Dayton Police released the video of the incident saying they do not plan to file any charges in the multiple vehicle accident that left the fire captain injured.

Captain Barry Cron was on the scene where a vehicle overturned in the median. Officials said icy conditions caused the driver to lose control. While police, firefighters and medics were on the scene, more vehicles began crashing. 

In the video above Dayton’s fire chief shares his reaction to the incident with WDTN-TV:

Dayton Fire Chief Herbert Redden watches as one of his own, Captain Barry Cron, is hit while responding to an accident on US 35 around 5:30 Tuesday morning.

“It looks he made an attempt here to stop the traffic and then he goes back and tries to assess the injured party.  Watch when he holds his head up, boom!” explains Chief Redden.

Chief Redden says he is very lucky, “we are blessed that our Captain wasn’t seriously injured and some of the other individuals on the scene that was there, wasn’t seriously injured.  Emergency service workers do dangerous work.  We try to do it in as safe environment as we can.”

The video above shows what it looked like after a slab of ice flew off a vehicle and hit the windshield of a Wayne Township, Indiana fire truck on Tuesday. Firefighter Matt Ervin was injured but able to bring the fire truck to a stop. Below is dash-cam video as the ice hits. Click here for an interview with Firefighter Ervin.

Tanya Spencer, Indy Channel:

“I saw a vehicle coming at us and snow and ice came off the roof and like a second later, it was in the windshield,” said Matt Ervin, who was driving the fire truck. “(The windshield) came up real close and hit me right in the forehead.”

Ervin was injured but was able to safely bring the fire truck to a stop. The driver of the pickup truck continued east on 21st Street, officials said. 

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  • Jay

    Hiways SUCK. Cant stand going out there! Hope the Firefighter has a speedy recovery.

  • Scooter

    Prayers go out to the firefigher and the family for a speedy recovery… Strike Da Box! K

  • Lou

    Dave — please keep us apprised of the firefighter’s condition.

  • Fire21

    At the exit gate at a lot of military bases is a sign reading, “CAUTION! You are entering the most dangerous place on earth…A public highway!”

    Prayers for the injured.

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  • Brian Haggerty

    No charges on the bridge crashes? How about operating recklessly / negligently to endanger? Operating at a speed greater than reasonable and proper for existing conditions. If you are that dumb not to slow down ( for all those flashing emergency lights and the wrecks) and you crash into the crash site, I would be writing you a Massachusetts Uniform Citation and you could defend yourself in District Court. Maybe you would get a not guilty disposition, but you sure wouldn’t fail to slow and move over ever again for the flashing lights. Is it okay because the Captain was not serious injured, so that that driver was not given a citation? Very disappointed the drivers were not cited…..

  • FF6022

    I disagree with Haggarty.

    So you think the citation is a greater deterrent than almost killing someone?  I bet most people value a human life way more than a blemish on their driving record.  I'm going to trust LEO's judgement on this one.