ATV rider hospitalized after being hit by fire rescue truck

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - A fire rescue truck crashed into an ATV, Wednesday morning, injuring the rider.

The driver, 31-year-old Jerrone Pratt, was riding a child’s version of a four-wheeler when a Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue truck which was responding to a separate call, collided with him. According to his family, Pratt is out of surgery.

Family members said Pratt has several broken bones, including a broken pelvis. “They say he’s not critical, but he’s not stable either,” said Pratt’s brother. “They won’t know exactly what’s going on until after surgery.”

Family members of the injured said Pratt was riding his son’s ATV near 4190 N.W. 26th St. in Lauderhill, around 11 a.m., Wednesday.

Witnesses said the fire rescue truck was moving quickly down the road but had sirens and lights flashing to alert those around it. They said it began slowing down before reaching the four-way stop when the ATV rider sped in front of it.

The ATV rider’s family said Pratt stopped and probably didn’t see the truck and tried to make a lefthand turn in front of the truck. “He stopped at the stop sign and went left,” said one witness, “and I watched the ambulance come across.”

“When that witness said out of nowhere came this ATV and collided with our rescue unit,” said Broward Sheriffs Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue reportedly transported the injured rider to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition.

According to family, Pratt may have a broken leg and had possible internal injuries and bumps on his head due to the collision.

Pratt’s brother was on the scene and described the rider’s injuries. “One of the neighbors came, and they got me,” he said. “When I got down here, we looked, and he was moving. I guess they say he may have a little bit of brain injury because of how he was getting up, and when that happened, I seen that his right leg was broken. He was scraped up a lot. He had a lot of lumps on his head.”

Family members confirmed that Pratt was not wearing a helmet. “He stopped at the stop sign, and I guess he didn’t see the ambulance coming over the speed hump,” Pratt’s brother said.

Three paramedics were inside the fire truck and were uninjured. They immediately got out of the truck and began to help Pratt.

Family members told 7News that although the operation is over, Pratt is still in the ICU.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office will conduct the investigation.

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