Two firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District who have non-life threatening injuries were scheduled for surgery and a civilian is in critical condition after a vehicle ran into them on an Orinda, California highway on Sunday (Click here for press release from Moraga-Orinda Fire District).
Fire crews were investigating a series of rain-related crashes on Highway 24 near the Wilder Road exit when a, “A third car hit the side of our fire engine and then actually rolled onto the embankment and hit three of our firefighters and also the person we were taking the report from,” Chief Randy Bradley said.
Fire Captain Michael Rattery, and firefighters Kelly Morris and Stephen Rogness were rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with non-life threatening injuries.
The rollover was actually the third crash along Highway 24. Firefighters first responded to a single vehicle accident and parked their fire truck to shield them from traffic. A second vehicle hit the fire truck. Then, as firefighters were talking to that driver, an SUV hit the fire truck, flipping over and skidding into several people standing on the side of the road.