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Fire chief tries to help, gets injured in car accident

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First responders save lives, and Pennsylvania residents honor and respect the brave men and women who put their own lives on the line each day to help others. Usually, first responders such as EMTs and fire personnel rush to the scene of a car accident to render aid to victims that might be injured or trapped. A recent story explains how a fire chief was injured while trying to stop a criminal.

In a nearby building, a man sitting at his desk heard a loud noise. Thinking a car accident had occurred, he rushed outside and began to record video. Apparently, a man driving a pickup truck had smashed head-on into another vehicle. Soon, rescue workers arrived, but as they began to assess the situation, the man that caused the accident attempted to flee the scene, even after a wheel fell off his vehicle. A fire chief attempted to get him to stop, but the man kept driving, pinning the fire chief between his vehicle and a fire truck, which caused the fire chief to suffer injury. 

The wayward driver then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended. The other vehicle involved was owned by a local church, and it is not known if anyone else was injured. Witnesses state that the driver at fault had been swerving in and out of traffic before the crash, and police have reason to believe he may have been under the influence. Now, he faces a number of charges including assault and his bail has been set at $20,000.

When a person is injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, the aftermath can be stressful. Recovering from physical injury can be more difficult when a victim must face medical bills, loss of wages due to inability to work and other financial burdens that result from an accident. In such cases, a victim may do well to contact a compassionate attorney, who can lend a hand with legal matters and help a victim collect the monetary damages he or she may be entitled to. 

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