SAN ANTONIO — A firetruck crashed into an apartment building after it was hit by a speeding car late Tuesday night. It happened at the intersection of West Quill Drive and Hillcrest Drive, south of Northwest Loop 410.
After the car hit the fire engine from the San Antonio Fire Department around 10:30 p.m., it lost control and took out the staircase of the building. Police said witnesses saw the people in the car run after the accident.
Luckily no one remaining on the scene was injured, but 17 residents from the apartment complex are now displaced because of the damage to eight units.
Engine 27 had been responding to a structure fire at the time of the incident.
SAFD took to Facebook and shared a post about the incident, expressing safety concerns about the first responders who are continually at risk when responding to calls from the community.
“Last night, while responding to a reported structure fire, Engine 27 was struck broadside by a fast-moving vehicle. The force of this impact caused E27 to veer off of the roadway and crash into an apartment building. Fortunately, there were no injuries to any of the residents or any of our firefighters. Our job is dangerous enough, and unfortunately, we are struck regularly. Intoxicated driving, texting while driving and aggressive driving puts everyone at risk – Texas law says “move over or slow down” for emergency vehicles,” the post said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the affected families with placements and other necessities, SAFD Chief Charles Hood said.