Decatur driver hospitalized after fire truck crash

by: Carl Willis Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A Decatur man was sent to the hospital when a DeKalb County fire rescue truck collided with his minivan.

Fire officials said the wreck happened during a heavy rain just before 6 p.m. Saturday on Wesley Chapel Road.

Witnesses told Channel 2's Carl Willis the wreck left a startling scene.

"The fire truck and the van were both on their sides, which is quite an amazing sight to see a fire truck on its side like that," Jair Sweatman said. "That would pretty much startle you."

DeKalb County officials said the fire rescue truck was responding to a call and running with sirens on.

"They somehow lost control," said Asst. Chief Steve Ham. "That's under investigation at this time, exactly how, and unfortunately struck a privately-owned vehicle."

Willis talked to Eloise Carter as she rushed off to Grady Hospital. She said the injured driver is her nephew, Stanley Orr, a man in his 50s.

"A woman called just now they said they hadn't done all the X-rays but he could talk," she said. "They said they thought he had a broke leg and maybe some other bruises and cuts but we don't know."

Fire officials wouldn't speculate on how fast the fire rescue truck driver may have been going.

"It will be thoroughly investigated and we will come up with a cause and find out what happened and why," Ham said.