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April 12, 2021

An investigation remains ongoing into a head-on crash involving an SUV and a firetruck within the town of Ormond-by-the-Sea. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the accident happened shortly after noon during a Monday towards the end of March.

It was around 12:00 p.m. that a firetruck was traveling down the southbound lanes of Ocean Shore Boulevard. Within the firetruck were a crew of firefighters and their equipment. While the firetruck was headed down the road’s southern lanes, an SUV being driven by a 51-year-old from West Virginia was headed down the northern lanes. According to other motorists on the road, the driver of the SUV had been traveling down the road for some time in a manner described as being erratic. The FHP’s report stated that the SUV was seen speeding down the road, swerving in and out of traffic, and that several other motorists on the road had attempted to stop the vehicle before an accident took place.

As the SUV neared the intersection of Ocean Shore Boulevard and Sandra Drive, something caused the driver to swerve out of the northbound lanes and into the southbound lanes, meaning that they were now traveling in the opposite direction to traffic. The collision between the SUV and the firetruck took place shortly afterwards, when the driver of the firetruck was unable to swerve and avoid the oncoming SUV.

In the aftermath of the collision, members of the fire rescue team leapt from the fire engine and freed the driver of the SUV, who was trapped within their mangled vehicle. Paramedics and EMTs reached the crash scene shortly afterward and used a helicopter to rush the driver to Halifax Health Medical Center. It is believed that the driver of the SUV suffered severe injuries in the crash but that these injuries were not life-threatening.

Three of the firefighters involved also suffered from severe injuries as a result of the collision. They were also transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment. It is believed that their injuries were not life-threatening and that the three firefighters were able to be released from the hospital shortly after being admitted.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing as members of the FHP look into whether or not the driver of the SUV was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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