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The Orange County Fire Authority said that one of their battalion chiefs was hospitalized on Wednesday after his emergency vehicles struck another vehicle while he was en route to the scene of an earlier car accident.

The identity of the chief has not yet been released.

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He was taken to the UC Irvine Medical Center and was admitted as a trauma patient because of the injuries he sustained in the collision. A fire authority spokesman said that he had only “minor scrapes and bruises.” He was expected to be released on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to the hospital.  Her injuries appeared to be minor.

The firefighter was responding to a three-vehicle crash in Brea, near the San Bernardino County line, at about 10 a.m. He was following several other emergency trucks through an intersection when the other vehicle hit the front corner of his Suburban.

The emergency vehicle had its lights and sirens going.

The Brea police department is investigating the crash.

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