Volunteer Fire Policeman Recovering

Published 07/22 2014 05:28PM

Updated 07/22 2014 08:08PM

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- A volunteer fire policeman with the Jackson Township Fire Department is recovering after he was hit by a car at the scene of an accident.

It happened Monday along Route 271 in Jackson Township.  The fire and police departments were called out to a coal truck and motorcycle accident.  Terry Crouse was directing traffic when he was hit by another car.

"Broken ankle, couple of stitches in my elbow and a little bit of road rash other than that I am feeling good,” said Terry Crouse.

Crouse has been with the fire department for 18 years and acting as a fire policeman for 15 of them.  He said has had some close calls in the past with drivers not paying attention but has never actually been hit before.

"You see it all the time people don't pay attention, you put flares up, cones up and even use a flag,” said Crouse.

Police said it’s becoming an increasing problem where drivers are not paying attention when approaching an accident scene.

"It's very common occurrence that happens whether you're on traffic stops, accident, people have a tendency to see what's going on instead of paying attention to the road,” said Captain Phil Vaught, Jackson Township Police.

Charges are expected to be filed against the driver who hit Crouse.

Crouse said the accident won’t keep him from volunteering.

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