USA: CEDARVILLE, Calif. – Eight Firestorm firefighters were injured Friday morning after the crew truck they were riding in rolled over while traveling on Highway 299E near McKenney Road, west of Cedarville.
According to Firestorm, all eight members who were injured were passengers. CHP reported that all eight were taken to the hospital. Five of them were treated and released. Three were airlifted to other hospitals, two going to Reno and one was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
Firestorm said of the three taken by helicopter, two were treated and released and one firefighter is still undergoing medical evaluation.
The eight man team worked for Chico-based Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression Inc. Firestorm said all the men were from Chico and Paradise.
CHP officials reported that the crash happened as a convoy of crews were heading into the Parker 2 Fire. Officials said a deer reportedly crossed the road, causing the lead vehicle to stop. The Firestorm crew was in the rear of the convoy, and in order to avoid a crash, they drove up the embankment before rolling over back onto the highway.