Four Prince William County firefighters suffered minor injuries Saturday night after their fire engine overturned on Waterway Drive in Montclair.

The truck, Engine 517, was on its way to a call at about 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, when a vehicle stopped abruptly in front of it in the left lane of Waterway Drive near Fallstone Place, according to a witness.

In an apparent attempt to avoid hitting the vehicle, the driver of the fire engine hit the brakes, swerving into the right lane and hitting the curb. The fire truck took out part of a fence, made a 180-degree turn and flipped on its side.

All four people who suffered minor injuries were inside the fire truck, according to Officer Adam Beard, spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department.

They were transported to an area hospital for treatment and were released later Saturday night, Prince William County Fire & Rescue officials said.

The southbound lanes of Waterway Drive were closed immediately after the crash and were expected to remain closed for "several hours," police said.

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Also a fireman

Just another case of stupid people endangering the lives of the firemen coming to help them.

joatmon

Who's the idiot/non-driver that slammed on their brakes rather than getting into the right lane and slowing down? They should be charged.

Also a fireman

Definitely!

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