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Nine firefighters hurt in Palmdale crash

July 5, 2011 |  9:07 am

Overturned firefighter bus

A pair of firefighters were being treated Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital for injuries suffered after their truck overturned just outside Angeles National Forest in the Palmdale area.

A van carrying a crew of U.S. Forest Service firefighters went over a 15-foot embankment about 9:30 p.m. Monday at Mt. Emma and Cheseboro roads, fire officials said.

There were nine injured firefighters in all. Seven were taken to area hospitals and were treated and released that night, said Nathan Judy, a Forest Service public information officer.

The two other firefighters had to be extracted from the crash by emergency crews and then flown to USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, Judy said.

Both were being held “for observation, just to make sure they are OK,” said Judy, who added that the injuries were not life-threatening.

The crews were working Monday to make sure fires did not crop up as a result of Independence Day celebrations.

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-- Kurt Streeter

Photo: Overturned firefighter bus. Credit: KTLA News Channel 5.

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