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Four Clayton County firefighters hurt when fire truck, semi collide

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Authorities say four firefighters were hurt when their fire truck and a semitrailer collided in Clayton County.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the wreck happened where Old Dixie and Central Roads intersect in Forest Park at about 7 p.m. Tuesday while the Clayton County firefighters were responding to a 911 call.

Wright said the fire truck, with lights and sirens activated, was traveling southbound on Old Dixie Highway when it approached the rear of a semi that was also southbound.

Investigators said that as the semi was attempting to turn left onto Central Avenue, it struck the fire truck.

One of the injured firefighters was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center. Wright said the others were taken by ambulance.

According to a spokesman for the Clayton County Fire Department, as of Wednesday morning three of the firefighters were released and one remains hospitalized for observation.

Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter Barber said this accident should remind drivers how important it is to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.

"We encourage people to pull to the right to allow us access to that lane. When vehicles don't, it becomes an obstacle course for us to navigate," said Barber.

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