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Emergency protocol saved the lives of several fire fighters

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Hog trailer verses fire truck crash cost the City of Waterloo $50,000, but it potentially saved three lives.

The crash happened Monday morning around 5 a.m.

The Waterloo Fire Department was called to Highway 20 to put out an engine fire. The fire was out by the time they arrived, but the firefighters would have been hit by traffic on interstate if not for a protocol on where to set up the truck.

As a crew was responding, a hog trailer hit the fire truck.

"The engine was parked at an angle in front of the vehicle and our personnel," Waterloo Battalion Chief Mike Moore said. "The idea is for our people to be as safe as possible and in that kind of situation on a highway… the truck did what it was supposed to do."

No one was injured, but the damage on the fire truck is estimated at $50,000.

No word yet on if any charges were filed against the driver of the hog trailer.

Emergency crews stress the importance of watching out for emergency responders on the side of the highway.

"We just ask that if you see and emergency vehicle out on the road pull over and slow down and go around in the other lane and give us some room to work," Moore said.

 

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