An update to the United States Forest Service fire truck collision that took place on Sunday, July 12, 2015. The SUV accident occurred east of Clovis, on Highway 168, at about 7:30 AM. All the firefighters hurt in the crash have been released from the hospital.
53 year old Maria E. Constable, of Fresno was driving a Kia Sorrento on Highway 168, when she attempted to pass the fire engine in the right lane. As the SUV merged, it sideswiped the truck, with the driver’s side door hitting the front wheel of the other vehicle.
The U.S. Forest Service fire truck, driven by Derek Solden, of Mariposa, swerved off the freeway, and overturned multiple times, before coming to rest in a nearby field.
The Sport Utility Vehicle also rolled over and came to rest on the rooftop.
Fiver firefighters were in the truck. All of them were injured. Solden suffered major injuries, and passenger Lee Sands, of Groveland, moderate injuries. They were taken by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center, for treatment.
The other three firefighters; Ben Jongerward, Ryan Bakers, and Brittany Dowden, sustained minor injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Saint Agnes Medical Center, in Fresno.
Three of the firefighters were released from the hospital after the accident on Sunday. One was released on Monday and the remaining was released on Wednesday July 15th.
Constable was hurt, but did not go to the hospital.