Four firefighters among five in hospital after fire engine collides with van

Emergency services were called to the A890 following a collision involving a fire engine travelling under blue light conditions.

Four firefighters have been taken to hospital after a crash between a fire engine, travelling under blue light conditions, and a van in the Highlands.

Emergency services were called to the A890 at Attadale House, Strathcarron, following the collision at around 7.40pm on Sunday.

It is understood the accident happened as the fire crew were rushing to an animal rescue incident in Dunvegan.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were travelling “under blue light conditions”.

Three appliances, a specialist resource, and three ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash and the road was closed for several hours.

Five people, including four firefighters and the driver of the van, were taken to Raigmore Hospital.

The van driver suffered minor injuries and two firefighters were later discharged. Two still remain in hospital at this time.

Area Commander Michael Humphreys, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Highlands, said the staff are being fully supported.

He said: “We can confirm that on Sunday, May 26 at around 7.41pm, one of our fire appliances was involved in a road traffic collision on the A890, at Mammit Hill, Stromferry Road in Strathcarron.

“The appliance from Inverness Community Fire Station was responding to a 999-call under blue light conditions when it collided with a commercial van.

“Our Operations Control immediately mobilised three further appliances and specialist resources to the scene and five casualties were removed from the vehicles and taken to Raigmore Hospital. This included four firefighters.

“Two firefighters were later discharged, and the van driver suffered minor injuries. Two firefighters remain in hospital. All staff are being fully supported.”

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