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Firefighter hurt in DWI crash

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A Dallas firefighter was hurt while responding to an accident involving a suspected drunken driver early Tuesday morning.

According to police, it all happened around 3 a.m. on northbound Highway 75 near Coit Road in Dallas.

It began as a report of a crash involving an injured person. Emergency responders didn't find an accident at the scene, but responded to an unrelated incident where a female was stranded on the side of the road.

Police were talking to the woman when a suspected drunken driver plowed into a patrol car that was on the shoulder of the highway with its lights activated.

Although no one was hurt in that crash, two people were hurt in another crash about 10 minutes later.

A pickup truck struck a Dallas Fire Rescue ladder truck that was set up to block or protect the damaged vehicles from oncoming traffic.

A firefighter and the driver of the pickup were transported to the hospital in unknown conditions.

The suspected drunken driver, 32-year-old John Bryson, was arrested.

The driver in the second crash was not arrested.

The accidents also caused a fuel spill and all lanes of traffic on the highway were shut down for about three hours.

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