UPDATE: 03/15/22 5:26 p.m. The Lafayette Fire Department has identified the injured firefighter as Firefighter Brent Haynes.
Haynes had surgery Tuesday to repair injuries sustained in a 20 feet fall and is recovering well, spokesperon Alton Trahan said.
“There are no additional surgeries expected at this time,” Trahan said.
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) –The Lafayette firefighter who was injured in a crash that closed the westbound lanes of I-10 at Louisiana Avenue, last week, will have to undergo surgery.
The firefighter, who has been identified as Brent Haynes, will have surgery Tuesday to “repair injuries suffered after landing on the ground 20 feet below,” the Lafayette Fire Department announced on Facebook.
Monday afternoon, a drive-by caravan of fire trucks rolled past the hospital in support of the injured firefighter.
“Our firefighter injured in last week’s vehicle crash is in fair condition and recovering well in the hospital.” Spokesperson Alton Trahan said.
“He’s in good spirits and truly appreciate the outpouring of support. Please continue to pray for his recovery.”
The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. (March 10) as emergency crews were responding to an earlier crash on I-10 at the intersection.
According to Lafayette Police, while on scene, an 18-wheeler driven by Nathan Martin crashed into one of the firetrucks, causing the firefighter to jump off the interstate.
Martin, 51, of Mississippi, faces charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, open alcohol container, OWI first-offense, and vehicular negligent injuring.