LANCASTER – A 41-year-old woman is in critical condition after smashing her car into the back of a fire engine early Thursday morning, authorities said.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the collision, which occurred around 2:25 a.m. on Avenue L at 30th Street West in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Sandra Woolley was driving a 2011 Mazda3 east on Avenue L ,when she rear-ended a Los Angeles County Fire Engine, which was stopped at a red light at 30th Street West, Jennings stated.
“The force of the impact was significant enough to push the 19 ton fire engine several feet from its original position at the limit line,” Jennings stated.
Though injured themselves as a result of the collision, three firefighters went to work rescuing Woolley from her crushed car, according to Jennings.
Woolley suffered major body trauma, and she was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. She is currently in critical but stable condition.
“It appears as if the driver of the Mazda was not wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol was a factor,” Jennings stated.
The three firefighters, whose names were not immediately released, were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and treated for neck and back injuries.