Woman, toddler critically injured in crash with fire engine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman, toddler critically injured in crash with fire engine

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(WMC-TV) - A fire engine responding to a call collided with a white Ford Taurus Thursday morning on Ridgeway Road at Highway 385.

Two people, a woman and a toddler, were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Felicia Meeks was driving nearby when she saw the shocking collision.

"Just knocked the car and it spinned around, so I seen the baby come out the back window," she said.

Meeks says she jumped out of her car to find the baby still in its car seat, but wedged in the broken back window.

"Yeah it went out of the back window the baby's head, and the back of the car seat was sticking out," she explained.

Meeks says both the toddler and the female driver of the car were bleeding badly. She says firefighters on engine that crashed into the car appeared to be shaken up.

"They were operating with lights and sirens responding to the call," said Lt. Keith Staples, Memphis Fire Department.

Meeks says she saw the engine's lights flashing and could hear the siren, but she is not sure whether the woman driving the white Ford Taurus heard anything.

"I heard sirens but I don't know if she heard the sirens, I don't know, but I heard them," said Meeks.

No word on whether any of the firefighters were hurt. The fire pumper engine 41 was en route to an emergency medical call with sirens blaring just before the crash occurred.

The names of the car crash victims have not been released.

According to officials, the one-year-old child was in a restraint, but the restraint was not facing the correct way in the vehicle.

A spokesperson for Memphis police did confirm that the one-year-old child was unrestrained, not in a seatbelt or child seat when the crash took place.

There were also 4 firemen in the fire truck.

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