A man is in hospital after a fire engine ‘on route to an emergency’ collided with him in Didsbury.
At around 12.40am this morning (Saturday 28 December 2019), police were called to Wilmslow Road at the junction with School Lane, to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a fire engine en route to an emergency.
A 41-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in a stable condition.
PC Paul Joynson, of GMP’s Serious Investigation Collision Unit, said:
“First and foremost our thoughts are with the injured male and we hope very much that he makes a speedy recovery.
“Whilst this incident took place in the early hours of the morning, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything and has any information that could assist our enquiries.
“If you have any information – no matter how insignificant you may think it is – please don’t hesitate to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”
Tony Hunter Assistant Chief Fire Officer from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said:
“The individual involved in the accident, which occurred at a road junction as crews were responding to reports of a building fire, received First Aid from our firefighters at the scene before being conveyed to hospital by colleagues from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). GMFRS has been informed that his condition is described as stable at this time.
“There is currently a joint investigation taking place between Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Fire and Rescue Service to establish exactly what occurred and it is anticipated the investigation will conclude before the New Year.
“This has been a distressing incident and our thoughts are with the individual concerned and his friends and family at what must be a difficult time. As a Fire and Rescue Service we are also working to support our firefighters who were on the fire engine at the time, some of whom are understandably shaken by what has occurred.
“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service serves all communities across the city-region every single day of the year. The safety and wellbeing of the public, as well as that of our crews, is a priority and central to all the work we do. GMFRS will ensure that, if necessary, lessons are learned from what has occurred in Didsbury this morning and we wish the injured party a speedy recovery.”
Anyone with any information should contact GMP`s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 133 of 28/12/19. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.