Smith was trapped in the fire truck, and according to witnesses was talking to emergency crew personnel as they began the extraction process. According to Kansas City Police Sgt. Bill Mahoney, the quick response of Smith likely saved the lives of the mother and her daughter in the other vehicle. The daughter, who was in the back seat of the Grand Prix, was buckled, but was not in a child safety seat. Unfortunately, Smith's heroics in saving the lives of others cost him his lower left leg, which had to be amputated.
The woman driving the Grand Prix apparently tried to go around a line of stopped cars that were yielding to the fire truck which put her vehicle in the direct path of the pumper. She was arrested and kept in jail overnight before she was released pending further investigation of the collision.
Mahoney believes the huge difference in size and weight of the two vehicles would have been deadly for the driver of the Grand Prix and her daughter if this had been a head-on crash.
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