UPDATED at 10:34 a.m.
A Key Peninsula Fire battalion chief and two others were injured overnight in a crash on the Key Peninsula Highway.
All three were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for treatment. The battalion chief had possible rib fractures and other chest injuries, Assistant Fire Chief Guy Allen said. The condition of the other two was not known.
The battalion chief was on duty and had responded to help with a medical aid call shortly before midnight Monday, Allen said.
The battalion chief arrived first to the call in the southern end of Key Peninsula Fire’s district. A medic unit then arrived and loaded up the patient, Allen said.
As the ambulance headed for the hospital, the patient’s condition worsened and the crew needed help. The driver got on the radio and tried to find another paramedic to ride in the back of the ambulance and help treat the patient.
The district’s other medic unit was tied up on another call. The battalion chief said he’d help with the transport and headed to a fire station to meet up with the ambulance, Allen said.
Allen said the battalion chief was driving north on Key Peninsula Highway with his lights and sirens activated.
Another car headed westbound on Cornwall Road Kp South. The car reportedly didn’t stop for the stop sign at Key Peninsula Highway and went into the intersection, Allen said.
The battalion chief’s rig hit the other car on the driver’s side.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the crash.