Cyclist remains in hospital as fire truck crash probe continues

| 16/03/2017 | 24 Comments

(CNS): The West Bay man who was injured when he was hit by a fire rescue truck during a collision on the West Bay Road is still being treated at the hospital in George Town and is in a stable condition. The fire truck hit the cyclist and a CUC light pole as it was answering an emergency call on Monday. The crash is now the subject of both an internal Cayman Islands Fire Service inquiry and a police traffic investigation, officials said Wednesday.

Officials have not yet stated what happened, but Chief Fire Officer David Hails thanked all the emergency personnel who responded to the scene on Monday. “Our thoughts and sympathy go out to all those involved in the crash. Both uniform services will continue to work diligently to investigate the incident,” he said.

The fire officer and paramedic inside the fire rescue were treated and released on the day of the crash.

Meanwhile, the report from the accident reconstructionist about the crash at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac, when a fire truck overturned during a speed test on the runway, is with the government but has not yet been released to the public. Two firefighters were injured in the costly crash during the emergency drill, which destroyed the truck and forced government to buy a new one.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The fire engines do seem to be traveling very quickly. I know they are trying to get there asap, but it does seem very dangerous overall, and I’m not sure the risk they present to the public can be justified. Killing someone on the way to possibly saving a life seems a bad idea from the get go, surely?




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  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying too understand who’s writing these comments basting the fire service is gaining what?, but when their the quick responders for accidents (saving our love ones whether it’s automotive or our homes) they are the greatest cause police can’t seem to get there in a timely fashion.

    It was an accident I’m 1000% sure at any giving time they are not looking/intending to hit someone and says their prays before they go out on a call too not do just that collide with anymore and too return to their families safe.

    We’re quick to smash our law enforcement of any statue but when we need them we want them to break all laws/speed limits to reach us or our love ones to be our hero.




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  3. Cat Wilson says:

    Another example of individuals who are simply not trained well to handle such equipment. Driving a Fire Rescue Vehicle is not the same as driving a Honda family car, for example. What were the Driver’s qualifications? A pilot must have a specific amount of hours before he can fly a plane. What about Firefighters who drive the trucks?
    Unfortunately, from what appears to be lack of training and accountability by the CI Fire Service, an innocent person was injured and a truck destroyed. This accident will not only cost the Gov’t (I expect will be a quick replacement of the truck – since the Fire Department apparently receives new equipment as requested, compared to the CI public having to “raise funds” for new ambulance), there is a definite liability exposure for the injuries sustained by the injured person.
    The Fire Department must be held accountable and they should be the ones raising money for trucks, rather than allowing a “blank” check by our Gov’t each time they mess up!




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    • Anonymous says:

      I think we should wait until an official report is published before we jump to any conclusions. For all we know the cyclist could’ve been wearing headphones and crossed into the path of the rescue vehicle.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes let’s get them out on jetski’s!!!!!!
    Great idea




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  5. Anonymous says:

    There are so many rumours flying around about ‘the passenger’ come on Chief actually be different and clear up the speculation or have you already been told by the CIG to sweep it under the rug




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  6. Anonymous says:

    FIre fighters are near and dear but come on guys we can’t afford this, police cars are maybe 20k a piece in bulk but fire vehicles are a pretty penny.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    A fire officer and paramedic huh….. last time I checked the fire service doesn’t employ paramedics. The firefighters are trained at a first aid/emergency medical responder level to my knowledge.
    CNS – please check people’s credentials/training and your sources before saying that it was a paramedic. A paramedic is a very highly trained emergency medical personnel. Not everyone that is in an ambulance or fire rescue truck is a paramedic.

    Get the facts please!

    I guess the government will be paying for this accident again, they clearly have a soft spot for the Fire Service. CIFS go out and raise money for your trucks like the CIEMS does, who respond to way, way more emergency calls then you ever will.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    I am still anxious to hear what the driver and his colleague had to say about the Brac incident. Does it take months to question them?.




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  9. Anonymous says:

    Was this on West Bay Road – or on Birch Tree Hill Road in West Bay?




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  10. Bobby McGee says:

    How come you guys from Grand not making noise and rude comments like when the Brac crash happened, now I’m convinced that you guys have it in for Brackers..




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  11. Anonymous says:

    That’s another hefty pay out from the public purse due to negligence.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    “The fire officer and paramedic inside the fire rescue were treated and released on the day of the crash.” – So we have Paramedics on fire trucks now? I understood there was a child on board? Can it be clarified so news are news…?




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  13. Anonymous says:

    I really want to know where the emergency call was to be made and what time it was called in.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    The truck in this latest fire service accident appears (from images) to have no only collided with the stationary pole and cyclist, but run over the pole with both front and rear axles, which begs the question: is this vehicle a write-off as well?




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    • Anonymous says:

      Looks like it can be repaired. More concerned for the well being of the cyclist.




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    • Anonymous says:

      This canNOTbe a Caymanians fault-The cyclist yes, the pole yes but never our professional.fearless, well trained, well connected civil servants,




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