UPDATE: WSP identify firefighter hit, release description of car in hit-and-run
GRANGER, Wash. — UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Washington State Patrol has released more information about the car suspected of hitting a firefighter early Sunday morning.
Troopers say Yakima County Fire District #5’s fire truck was parked in the left lane. The firefighter hit, 62-year-old Terry Carter, was at the back of the truck on the left-hand side when he was hit.
The car stopped briefly then took off, WSP said. They say the car is described as a white 2012 to 2014 Nissan Versa with Oregon plates. It’ll also have damage to the driver-side bumper.
If you have any information, call WSP at (509) 249-6700.
A Yakima County Fire District #5 firefighter was sent to the hospital after he was hit by a car while responding to a rollover crash on the highway.
Washington State Patrol and the fire district responded to the crash on I-82 at milepost 57, a few miles outside Granger. Around 5:30 a.m., firefighters were assisting the 37-year-old driver. Suddenly, a car hit the firefighter and took off. Fire officials say the roads were slick at the time.
The firefighter was sent to a local hospital for an evaluation.
“He is in good spirits and doing well,” said Deputy Chief Joel Byam. “We are hoping he gets released later today.”
The driver of the car is still on the run. Byam said WSP is considering the accident a hit-and-run. The description is vague, but they know it’s a white car with Oregon plates. It also has some front-end damage.
Byam said the case has been handed over to detectives.
“We would like to thank Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol detachment 3 as well Sunnyside Fire Department for helping take care of our member this morning,” said the fire district on Facebook. “Please keep our member in your thoughts as they get on the road to a speedy recovery.”
The driver involved in the rollover crash, Jesus Espindola of Granger, was sent to a local hospital for their injuries. They were cited for speeding too fast for conditions.