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Volunteer fire fighter killed after his privately owned vehicle hydroplaned and struck a billboard signpost - Kentucky.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE F2003-19, 2004 Feb; :1-4
On June 16, 2003, a 30-year-old male volunteer fire fighter was fatally injured after his privately owned vehicle (POV) hydroplaned and struck a billboard signpost. At 1830 hours, during a heavy rainstorm, the fire department was dispatched to a high-water emergency. The victim was responding in his POV to the Fire Department to pick up a fire apparatus when the incident occurred. The victim was heading east on a two-lane paved road when, according to the State Police report, he drove over a large pool of water which caused him to hydroplane and lose control. He traveled off the westbound shoulder of the road and struck a billboard signpost. A civilian motorist, whom the victim had passed about one mile before, came upon the crash scene and called 911. At approximately 1832 hours, the volunteer fire department was dispatched to this motor vehicle crash. Within approximately 6 minutes, the victim was extricated. He was given advanced life support and transported via ambulance to a regional trauma center approximately 30 miles away. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1940 hours. NIOSH concludes that, in order to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1) encourage drivers to drive at speeds appropriate for the conditions to prevent hydroplaning and loss of vehicle control; 2) encourage personnel to wear seat belts when responding to emergencies in their POVs.
Region-4; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighters; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Training; Motor-vehicles; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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