Fire crew uses fire engine to stop driver having a medical emergency

Fire engine helps bring drifting vehicle to a stop while driver experiences a medical emergency. (Photo provided by Wayne Township Fire Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Quick thinking from the Wayne Township Fire Department prevented what could have been a major accident.

Just before 2 p.m. Monday, police were attempting to stop a driver who was drifting off and on the roadway on Girl School Road near Ben Davis High School.

The fire crew was on their way to a training session when they noticed the vehicle.

"The crew immediately recognized the need to stop the vehicle before the individual struck another car or pedestrian," said Captain Mike Pruitt in a release.

As the vehicle approached the fire engine, the crew moved into the path of the truck, put the parking brake on and took the low-speed hit, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.

IMPD officers and the fire crew on scene found out that the driver was having a medical emergency and got the driver care.

The driver is expected to be OK and damage to both vehicles was minimal.

"These are the moments you won’t find a policy for in our manual. But there is such a thing as doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason," said Pruitt.

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