Thursday, July 26, 2012

UPDATE on Fire Engine Injury Accident at Hwy 4 and Skunk Ranch Road

   Due to the number of vehicles and people out of their vehicles standing on the road, a fireman, Nathan Fyock, of Modesto,  standing near a vehicle attempting to respond to the fire on Skunk Ranch, was struck by 2002 Mazda Miata driven by Kirsten Vader of Murphys, at around 4:30 PM on July 25, 2012.

   The Miata also struck a fire engine responding to the fire.   The CHP report indicates it was due to the heavy smoke causing nearly zero visibility.
    Four CHP units were called due to the accident and continued blocking of the roadways.  A fireman was injured and life-flighted to Modesto Memorial Hospital.
   When we drove by at 4:15 PM the looky-loos were all lined up on Hwy 4 and blocking the entrance to Skunk Ranch, some had cameras and others were visiting with their friends outside of their vehicles.
     Since the fire was visible from Hwy 4, the crowd was growing and CHP was not yet present nor anyone directing traffic at that location. We noticed that Murphys Fire was turning off their flashing lights and were back at the station house.
   Perhaps they should have been helping with the control of the intersection until CHP arrived.
    There is also a fire in Tuolumne County of 100 acres and is 0 % contained.

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