Off-duty KCK assistant fire chief seriously hurt in crash - KCTV5

Off-duty KCK assistant fire chief seriously hurt in crash

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

An off-duty KCK assistant fire chief was seriously injured when he crashed his unmarked KCK Fire Department vehicle.

The crash occurred at 10:37 p.m. Saturday at 2800 S. 55th St. The fire department vehicle crashed into at least four other vehicles.

Witnesses said vehicles that had been facing west wound up facing north due to the force of the collision.

"He had to be doing at least 100 mph," said John Hays, whose truck was totaled in the crash. "I heard a loud boom. I jumped up and ran outside and looked and hollered at my wife to call 911."

Both John and Angie Hays sprinted to the injured man's side. They feared he had been killed.

"He was unconscious. We then started trying to get him awake and everything," she said. "We were in awe."

Police and fire officials are saying little with the government sending out a brief news release about a crash involving a department vehicle.

Officials for the Unified Government of KCK and Wyandotte County are refusing to release the assistant fire chief's name. They said that the injured man's name would be released once the police report is complete.

KCTV5 has independently confirmed through multiple sources that the injured man is Mike Quinn. Sources say Quinn is a trusted and well-liked employee who has been with the department for nearly four decades. He lives less than a mile from the crash scene.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was called to the scene by a KCK police captain to take blood from the injured firefighter. The trooper declined to say whether it was because the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Quinn was transported to an area hospital. He is expected to survive.

The KCK Police Department is leading the investigation. The assistant fire chief was alone in the car. Officials haven't said whether he was wearing a seat belt.

Fire Department employees who are issued take-home vehicles are on call 24 hours a day.

Department vehicles may be driven anywhere in the metropolitan area, without special permission. Any request to take a Departmental vehicle out of the metropolitan area must have the Chief's approval," the government's policy states. "Personnel assigned a Fire Department vehicle while off duty are allowed to use the vehicle for personal situations, on a limited basis."

In late December, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office Maj. Randy Beery died when he crashed his sheriff's office take-home vehicle. The woman who was with him was seriously injured. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Beery, who also served as board president for the Turner School District, had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit in Kansas. His driver's license was also expired.

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