The firefighter struck by a motorist while responding to a fatal vehicle crash near Wisconsin Dells on Saturday is in stable condition.
Joe Sabol, a 13-year Delton Fire Department veteran, was standing outside of a fire truck parked on the shoulder of the road with emergency lights flashing, according to a release. The 39-year-old was struck by a motorist who had lost control of their vehicle. Sabol sustained injuries and was transported by Dells-Delton EMS to St. Clare Hospital.
At about 8 a.m. Feb. 3, the Delton Fire Department, Dells-Delton EMS, Lake Delton Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol were notified of a three-vehicle crash on the westbound lanes of Interstate 90/94 at the Highway 12 overpass, a release stated.
In about a 90 minute period, there were seven different vehicle crashes in a 5-mile stretch near the Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells area. The road conditions were slippery from a snow shower.
Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson said he wants to remind motorists it is critically important to practice safe driving around emergency scenes and construction zones.
"When approaching emergency scenes, the law requires drivers to reduce their speed and move over,” he said in a statement. “All of us working out there need you to slow down and give us a break. Firefighter Sabol is lucky to be alive and by the grace of God he will be able to make a full recovery.”
“Since my husband’s injury, we have been getting a lot of offers of help and what I would really like is your help to remember that the men and women working out there have families, too, who need them to come home,” Amanda Sabol said. “Please make this incident the last of its kind and slow down.”