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Photo of destroyed firetruck on South Carolina roadway serves as powerful reminder to motorists

Despite the total destruction on Friday night, the Flint Hill Fire Department said that no first-responders were injured.
Credit: Flint Hill Fire Department
A fire truck is demolished by a tractor-trailer in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

FORT MILL, S.C. — Without the remains of the mangled cab in the middle of the photo, it may have been hard to even realize that a fire truck was involved in the Saturday night collision.

Even harder to believe is the fact that there were no injuries among the many first responders who were on the scene that night.

Nonetheless, the Flint Hill Fire Department wanted to share the image of destruction, not only to remind drivers to use caution but to show how dangerous a firefighter's job can be.

The crash apparently happened while the Flint Hill fire engine was on the scene of another accident. A semi-truck ultimately hit the fire truck.  Firefighters, emergency medical services, and law enforcement were all on the scene at the time but somehow walked away unscathed. The truck driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

However, the department also reiterated what the photo already showed - that the fire truck itself was totaled.

The message ended with a simple request made all the more powerful by what had only transpired hours earlier.

"Please keep all first responders in your thoughts and prayers while we perform our public safety duties," it said.

A Flint Hill fire engine was struck by a tractor trailer last night while on the scene of a motor vehicle accident. No...

Posted by Flint Hill Fire Department on Sunday, August 22, 2021

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