Fairfax firefighters, trying to help, are injured
Two firefighters who went to the aid of a traffic-accident victim were themselves injured Tuesday night in Fairfax County -- when they were struck by a fire department vehicle, authorities said.
None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, said Fairfax County fire department spokesman Don Gotthardt.
Although details were not completely clear late Tuesday, events apparently began a few minutes after 7 p.m. at Wiehle Avenue and Dranesville Road, in the Herndon area of the county.
A car struck someone who was described by authorities as either a pedestrian or a bicylist, and fire and rescue equipment was sent to the scene.
Fire department personnel began tending to the victim and as they did so, two of them were struck at some point by a fire department vehicle that was arriving at the scene, Gotthardt said.
The initial crash victim and a firefighter were flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, the spokesman said. The second firefighter was driven to the Reston Hospital Center.
It was not clear what kind of fire apparatus was involved in striking the injured party. But Gotthardt said it may have been an SUV rather than an ambulance or large piece of equipment.
Gotthardt said it was too early to explain how the incident occurred. The matter will be investigated, he added.
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