Roberts firefighter hit by patrol car

6 Dec

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said a 61-year-old volunteer firefighter is in stable condition after being hit by a police car in Roberts this morning. According to the sheriff’s office, Benjamin Charles Poston of Roberts was the first to respond to an early morning fire in town. Poston tried to flag down the patrol car as it drove up to the fire, but was hit in the process.

The deputy who was driving the car said he couldn’t see Poston because he was wearing dark clothing. After the accident, the deputy, who isn’t being named by police, got out and gave Poston first aid until an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The two had been called to 2878 East 650 North for a fire caused by downed power lines. Idaho State Police is investigating the accident, but it could take weeks to finish. So in case you didn’t get that, it could be weeks before the ISP figure just how and why the deputy hit Poston. It’s probably much more complicated than “It was dark and he was wearing dark clothes.” Very complicated police stuff, I’m sure.


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