First responders warning driver to be cautious during an active scene

ELKINS, W. Va. (WDTV) - A scary turn for Elkins firefighters…

"It was fortunate they weren’t outside the truck," said Chief Tom Meader. "Please, please go slow."

Last Sunday, crews responded to a vehicle accident on Route 33 when…

"They were hit in the rear by another motor," she said.

The back of their truck ending up tucked in. This leaving the department without a truck.

"The damage to our truck is probably $30,000 to $40,000 because it has to go back to the factory, and the bad thing about it is, it puts me down a truck," he said.

West Virginia Law requires drivers to move and proceed with caution. Also, drivers are to reduce the speed when an emergency vehicle has their flashing lights on. Chief Meader says this is the first time this happens at his department, and hopes to be the last.

"Pay attention to your surroundings and what we’re doing. if you have to stop, we’ll get you through eventually," he said.

Even though first responders are required to wear traffic vests, when out on the roads, Meader says some drivers don’t slow down.

"That’s why the reason we’re doing that is to protect our first responders," he said.