By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
A woman has been released from the hospital after the van she was driving was struck by a fire engine Thursday afternoon.
At about 1:30 p.m., Angie Pryor, 48, of Anderson, was stopped at the intersection of Main and 53rd streets headed north on Main. According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, the light turned green and Pryor drove her 2003 Pontiac Montana minivan into the intersection, not noticing an eastbound fire engine oncoming on 53rd Street.
Anderson Fire Department Engine 8, which was being called to another incident and had its lights flashing and sirens blaring, smashed into the front driver’s side of Pryor’s van, pushing it to the side of the road.
Engine driver Michael Schildmeier reported he tried to slow down to avoid the van but couldn’t. He was uninjured, as were three other firefighters on the truck.
Pryor, who was in and out of consciousness after the accident, was transported to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. She was released shortly after and had a brief interview with police. Sandefur said no citations will be issued in the accident because nobody was truly at fault.
“She didn’t notice the truck, and she did have the green light. It’s just one of those things,” Sandefur said. “But it’s important to remember a fire truck with its lights on always has the right of way.”
The minivan had to be towed from the scene, and there was minimal damage to the fire engine.
“It can still be driven. These things are pretty heavy duty,” said AFD battalion chief Larry Towne about the engine.
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