Wayne Township firefighter injured when flying ice hits truck

FD: Driver of blue pickup truck did not stop

INDIANAPOLIS - A Wayne Township firefighter was injured Tuesday morning when a slab of ice flew off another vehicle and slammed into the fire truck.

The incident was reported about 10 a.m. near 21st Street and Girls School Road when the fire truck was approaching an oncoming pickup truck.

A large slab of ice flew off the pickup truck and struck the fire truck, knocking the windshield out on the driver's side.

"I saw a vehicle coming at us and snow and ice came off the roof and like a second later, it was in the windshield," said Matt Ervin, who was driving the fire truck. "(The windshield) came up real close and hit me right in the forehead."

Ervin was injured but was able to safely bring the fire truck to a stop. The driver of the pickup truck continued east on 21st Street, officials said.

Ervin was taken to IU West Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other firefighters on the truck were not injured.

"We're lucky we didn't get hurt worse," Ervin said.

Capt. Mike Pruitt said investigators were working to get a better description of the light blue pickup truck involved in the incident, but that it's possible the driver didn't know ice had flown off the vehicle. Investigators are reviewing cameras onboard the truck for assistance.

The fire truck was not on a run during the incident, Pruitt said.

Failing to clean ice and snow off your car is not illegal, but drivers can be held liable for any damage or injuries caused by flying snow and ice.

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