ORLANDO, Fla. — For the second time in less than two months, a car hit a fire truck in the city of Orlando. And this all could have been avoided if they would have followed the "move over" law, according to officials.
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At around 2:40 a.m. Sunday, along Interstate 4 by Orange Blossom Trail, the car's driver struck the fire struck at a high rate of speed that sent four Orlando Fire Department members to the hospital.
The fire truck was pulled over to help a disabled vehicle when the crash happened, according to the fire department in a Facebook post on Sunday.
The driver's vehicle was so badly damaged he had to be extricated and both people in the car were taken to the hospital, stated the fire department.
Orlando Fire Department Chief Roderick Williams said this could have been avoided if drivers slow down when they see emergency vehicles with their lights on.
"When you see an emergency vehicle on the highway with the lights on, it is to slow down. … We try our best to protect ourselves; we position ourselves in a certain way to make sure we're safe. We cannot stress enough to slow down or stop altogether, to yield to emergency vehicles," he said.
Williams says this is a reminder of the importance of the Move Over law.
- Move over one lane when you see an emergency vehicle parked on each side of the road.
- If you can't move over, lower your speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.