Mike Wilbur

LEXINGTON, KY ENGINE STRUCK RESPONDING

A Lexington fire truck responding to a call was hit on Nicholasville Road Wednesday morning, injuring a driver and disrupting traffic.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Nicholasville Road and Malabu Drive intersection.

The driver of the car involved in the crash was sent to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, according to Lt. Chris Van Brackel.

Three people inside the fire truck were uninjured, Van Brackel said. The firefighters were responding to a reported gas leak, and the truck’s lights and sirens were on. The woman driving the car had a green light, and she told police she did not see the fire truck, according to Van Brackel.

The fire truck “took a pretty big hit,” near the front of the vehicle, where plumbing and a hose are held, Van Brackel said. The average cost of a fire truck is hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said.

It was the third crash Wednesday morning involving fire or police vehicles, according to Van Brackel.

Brenna Angel, a public information officer for Lexington police, said there was a collision involving a fire department sport-utility vehicle on Short Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard about 9:40 a.m. The vehicle had lights and sirens on, Van Brackel said.

About 8 a.m., a detective’s unmarked police car was hit, Van Brackel said. The car was rear-ended at Nicholasville Road and Brigadoon Parkway, Angel said.

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