DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit Fire Department battalion chief was involved in an accident Thursday morning.

The accident took place at 7 Mile Road and Sherwood, east of Mound Road. Officials tell WWJ Newsradio 950 the fire official was heading to the scene of a fire on Van Dyke at the time of the accident.  He was driving a fire department SUV.

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(WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

Reporting live from the scene on Detroit’s northeast side, WWJ’s Pat Sweeting described the accident’s aftermath.

“The vehicle that’s involved in this accident, the fire vehicle is marked ‘Chief 8.’ The airbags of both the driver’s side and the passenger side airbags have deployed and the hood of the car is open at this point. The fire department car is on one side of 7 Mile Road here at Sherwood and a grey minivan is on the other side, it looks like it hit an electrical pole,” Sweeting said.

Sweeting spoke with Deputy Fire Chief Vincent Gibson.

“The chief was en-route to a fire which turned out to be a second alarm,” said Gibson.

“The civilian vehicle — I don’t know who had the red light, who had the green light — but the chief had lights and sirens and the civilian struck the chief’s car,” he said.

The battalion chief, along with the 23-year old driver of the minivan and a 1-year-old girl in the van, were all taken to the hospital, where they were reported in stable condition.

No names have been released.


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