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August 15, 2018

On Thursday, August 9th, members of the Orange County Fire Rescue team were part of the numerous emergency response individuals who responded to reports of an auto accident that had taken place along State Road 408, close to where the Alafaya Trail exit branches off of the roadway. Reports around the initial accident that resulted in the presence of emergency vehicles are not readily available, however the incident developed in an unusual way that has been recorded and reported on by both news agencies and the authorities involved.

As a part of the response units, an Orange County Fire Truck was at the scene of the initial accident. The emergency workers transported by the vehicle all exited the truck to assist with the operation concerning the initial accident, so the fire truck was, by all accounts, empty when a black car (no make or model released in the initial statements) approached the area.

This car, which was driving down the western lanes of State Road 408, collided with the front bumper of the Orange County Fire Truck for reasons that are not clear. Presumably, the lights of the fire truck were activated at the time of the incident, and it seems unlikely that the driver of the black car simply did not see the emergency response vehicles clustered around the earlier accident. Regardless, as they were passing through the area the driver of this car seems to have lost control of their vehicle, an event which caused their collision with the fire truck.

After the black car struck the fire truck, the driver seems to have emerged from whatever fog they entered to allow the collision in the first place and decided that remaining on the scene was not worth their while. They pulled away from the struck fire truck and continued to drive down the road.

Because the emergency presence was focused on the initial accident, there were not available units at the scene to chase down the fleeing driver. Instead, Orange County authorities are now looking for any information that can help them track down this individual.

It is not believed that any injuries resulted from the hit-and-run crash.

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