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CFA supports its own after Ross Creek crash

CFA is assisting four members and their families, after an early morning crash involving a support vehicle.

The crew was responding in the Sebastapol LP Gas support vehicle following a call to a house fire at Linton when it collided with a hatchback, at the intersection of Post Office Road and Sebastapol-Smythesdale Road in Ross Creek, at around 3am.

The dual cab ute rolled two or three times. Three passengers were left with minor injuries, while its 57 year old driver had to be cut from the wreckage by a specialist CFA rescue crew based in Ballarat.

All four members were taken to Ballarat Base Hospital. While the three passengers have been sent home the driver is being treated for a fractured vertebra. He has been transferred to a Melbourne hospital for observation and further tests.

District 15 Operations Manager Brett Boatman said “Other CFA units were on scene within minutes to assist.

“CFA is doing everything it can to help and support the members involved, as well as their families.

“Critical incident support peers attended hospital and will visit the brigade today.

“We’ve arranged transport so the most badly-injured member‘s wife can visit him in Melbourne and we’ll also provide accommodation if wanted.”

The two hatchback’s occupants were uninjured in the crash.

CFA crews from Ballarat, Smythesdale and Grenville Group responded, as well as paramedics and Victoria Police.

Mr Boatman added, “It’s an unfortunate reminder that the dangers that come with responding to an emergency call aren’t just limited to the incident scene.

”The crash did not compromise CFA’s response to the house fire or delay efforts to extinguish it.”

Victoria Police is investigating the crash. Early indications suggest the driver of the CFA vehicle was not at fault.

Last Updated: 21 April 2016