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2 Waco Firefighters Injured in Auto Accident

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Emily Harrigan2 years ago

Two Waco firefighters are recovering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident that occurred while they were fighting a fire near a Texas interstate on Monday night.

Details of the Accident

According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, the two firefighters were fighting a grass fire on Interstate 35 on Monday night when a car slammed into the back of their fire truck.

The truck was parked on the on the right should of Interstate 35 when the accident occurred.

Acting Lt. Eric Riser was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with at least two broken ribs and leg contusions. Acting engineer Terry Rouse suffered bruises and abrasions and was taken to the same hospital.

According to Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, the driver of the vehicle that collided with the fire truck was Vernon Hately Moore IV, 23, of Troy. Waco Fire Chief John Johnston reported that protocol for firefighters is to use their fire truck as a barrier between them and traffic while they fight fires near busy roads.

The accident is still under investigation. Criminal charges may be filed against the driver.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,534 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2014 – a 3.7-percent increase over the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
  • 486 of the deaths recorded in 2014 were pedestrian fatalities.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2014 with 17,152 people reporting incapacitating injuries.
  • According to TxDOT, a reportable crash occurred in Texas every 66 seconds in 2014.


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