DC firefighter seriously injured after being hit by fire ladder truck leaves hospital

DC Firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. is heading home Wednesday after he was hit by a fire ladder truck and seriously injured on Aug. 2. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

DC Firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. will be discharged from the hospital is heading home Wednesday. Smothers was hit by a fire ladder truck and seriously injured while responding to a two-alarm fire on Aug. 2 in Northeast Washington.

Smothers Jr. will leave the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital where he received treatment since he left MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Sept. 2017.

The firefighter was getting out of Engine 3 in the 800 block of F Street, NE when he was struck by a ladder truck also responding to the scene. According to Assistant Fire Chief Craig Baker, Smothers received critical injuries to his chest, neck and head.

Smothers had been with the DC Fire Department for three months and served as a probationary firefighter. His uncle is also with the department, and responded to the same fire when Smothers injury took place.

Baker said there was no indication that department protocol wasn't followed in response to the fire. The incident was investigation.

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