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Four injured in Sat. accident

By Tom Wilmoth

    Four firefighters were injured in an accident Saturday morning as they were responding to a call just prior to the Bedford Christmas Parade.


    At 11:52 a.m. Bedford Fire Department’s Engine 1 was involved in a single vehicle motor vehicle accident while en route to a reported brush fire  in  the 4100 block of Peaks Road.
    The call occurred just before the noon start of the parade.
      Firefighters on the truck immediately called for assistance at the accident which was in the 1200 block of Peaks Street in Bedford, near the corner of Peaks Street and Boone Drive.  Rescue units lined up for the parade responded to the initial call and to the accident.
    Four firefighters were injured, two initially listed as serious injuries and two as minor injuries, according to a release from Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy Saturday. One of the injured firefighters was air lifted from the scene. Two were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital and one to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One of the firefighters was treated at Bedford Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
    The BFD Engine, which was heading north on Peaks Street, rolled on its side into a yard on the other side of the road.
    A portion of Peaks Street was closed for four hours as the accident was investigated and Engine 1 was turned back over off its side. Two trucks from Brown and Sons Towing were used to turn the engine back over.
    According to Creasy, excessive speed did not appear to have been a factor in the accident. Rather, he stated, a rear tire left the paved surface and hit a soft shoulder of the road which caused the truck to slide.
    Creasy stated that by 6 p.m. Saturday all four firefighters had been discharged from the hospitals with minor injuries.
    The accident is being investigated by the Bedford Police Department with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.