After an SUV collided with a fire truck on Wednesday (Oct. 17), police are reminding motorists to be aware of emergency vehicles.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Orillia OPP responded to a collision on Highway 12 and Memorial Avenue in the City of Orillia.
According to police, the collision involved an Orillia Fire Department (OFD) truck and a Sports Utility Vehicle.
The fire truck was reportedly responding to a call and had its emergency lights on. The truck stopped at the red light then proceeded through the red light when it was believed to be safe. Police say a vehicle travelling the other way proceeded through the green light and struck the fire truck and then struck a telephone pole. There were no injuries as a result of this collision.
The investigation into this matter is complete and neither the driver of the SUV or fire truck will be charged, according to police.
The Orillia OPP would like to remind motorists that it is their duty to be aware of emergency vehicles on our roads. An emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens on can go through a red light provided it comes to a complete stop and is safe to proceed,” reads a release from police, in part.
“Though in this particular case charges were not laid the safety of our first responders and the public is important.
“Though in this particular case charges were not laid the safety of our first responders and the public is important.”