Crash hurts firefighter
By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
A Morgan City volunteer firefighter sustained two broken legs Saturday after being hit by a vehicle while he was helping direct traffic from another crash, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.
At 11:51 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle ran into a Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department rescue fire truck near the La. 70 exit ramp while it was assisting the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office with diverting traffic caused from a traffic crash in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 90 bridge, Crouch said.
A 2007 Nissan Maxima driven by Daniel Ramirez, 38, of Lake Palourde Road in Amelia, collided with the rear of the fire truck causing severe damage to both vehicles, Crouch said.
The vehicle also struck Morgan City Volunteer firefighter Travis F. Bourdier, 40, of Patterson. Bourdier received injuries to both lower legs and was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma where he is in stable condition, Crouch said.
Ramirez was also hospitalized with injuries. The investigation of the accident is ongoing and charges are expected pending results of blood tests, Crouch said.
Volunteer firefighters directed traffic off the U.S. 90 bridge to keep the other crash scene safe, Morgan City Fire Chief Morris Price said.
They were in a “blocking” position to keep cars out of those lanes when the truck was hit, Price said.
Bourdier is doing well, but has a long-term recovery ahead, Price said.
Bourdier is also a volunteer firefighter for the Bayou Vista and Patterson volunteer departments.