Firefighter Injured In A Freeway Fire

May 18, 2016

Firefighter Suffers Magnesium Burns In Line Of Duty

On Wednesday morning, May 6th, at about 10:25, a 2005 Freightliner and a 2000 Chevy S10 pickup collided while southbound on the I-5. The collision took place just south of the Crosstown Freeway Interchange and blocked the middle two lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol. Thankfully, neither the driver of the Freightliner, 39 year-old Kamaljat Singh, nor the driver of the Chevy S10, 19 year-old Joseph Aguilar, were injured in the vehicle collision.

Mere moments after the car crash, both the Freightliner and the Chevy S10 went up in flames and it took the firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the fire. The difficulty resulted from a lack of water supply as the firefighter had to resort to shuttling fire engines onto the freeway due to a lack of fire hydrants. Unfortunately, while in the process of fighting the blaze, one of the firefighter, a captain with the Stockton Fire Department, was injured, sustaining magnesium burns to the face. The captain was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatment and should make a full recovery.

As of now, it is yet unknown what caused the collision and investigation is still underway. Should one of the drivers be found to have been negligent, he may be held liable for any injuries that were caused by the accident, though no injuries have yet been reported. In the case of the fire captain, however, the costs of the captain’s injuries will likely be covered by workers’ compensation, regardless of whether anyone is found to be at fault for the car accident.

Sharona Hakim

Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.

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