Firefighter Hit By Car, Hospitalized

January 20, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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January 20, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM EDT


WEST SENECA (WKBW) A volunteer firefighter was sent to the hospital after being hit by a car while responding to a fire alarm Saturday night.

The incident happened on Harlem Road in West Seneca, when a member of the Winchester Volunteer Fire Department was helping guide a fire truck back out of a driveway after responding to a fire alarm, when an oncoming car struck the man.

Fire officials say the firefighter, whose name was not released, was knocked out of his fire boots, crashing onto the car's windshield and flipping into the air.

The good news, that firefighter is expected to be alright.

"He was ambulatory after the accident at the scene, which is good, and he was originally saying "I'm alright I'm alright," but we wanted him to get checked out. So Rural Metro transported him to South Buffalo Mercy and we're gonna find out more information, but he seems to be doing well at this point," Winchester Assistant Chief John Rusinski said.

West Seneca Police say the driver, who was not injured, will not be charged in this case. The firefighter was released from the hospital late Saturday.

Following the incident, fellow firefighters said this was a great example of the importance of the New York State "move Over" Law, and reminded drivers that when you see flashing lights or emergency vehicles to slow down and move to the other lane if possible.