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St. Louis fireman injured in road accident


St. Louis – A St. Louis fire battalion chief is in serious condition after an accident that happened as he was responding to a house fire.

It happened Thursday night as Battalion Chief Douglas Cribbs was traveling west on St. Louis Avenue with his lights and sirens activated.

Police say a car traveling east was attempting to turn when it struck Cribbs' fire department SUV, causing it to flip on its top.

Firefighters and EMS crews worked for nearly 20 minutes to extricate Cribbs.

A passenger in the car that hit Cribbs was also hurt. Authorities say the driver fled the scene.