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DAYTON, Ohio - Firefighters in Dayton, were on the scene of an accident Tuesday morning, when they found themselves facing a horrifying emergency of their own.

An out of control pick-up truck slammed into them hitting fire Capt. Barry Cron and hurling him into the air.

Cron was not seriously injured, but the close call, which was caught on video, is what first responders often fear when responding to a crisis on the highway.

Sgt. William Bancroft with the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says an out-of-control car is one of his biggest fears.

"When everybody asks me 'how do you walk up on a car late at night?' well, that's easy," Bancroft says. "But not realizing there's a car coming close to you that's not paying attention or impaired that can go out of control and strike you when you're not expecting that, that's what the real fear is."

The sergeant says most people are aware of the law that's in place calling for drivers to move over to the other lane when they see a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a two-lane road. He feels it's distracted drivers who make roadside stops deadly dangerous.

"If you cannot change lanes, then you need to slow down and proceed with due caution past the scene," he says. "It's always important for everyone to pay attention, keep their eyes on the road, and not be distracted by what they're doing ... because it does get dangerous out there and people do lose their lives."

Youngstown Fire Chief John O'Neill says the state patrol has just worked with his department to update their operating procedures when responding to roadside emergencies. But he says it's up to every single driver to do their part and pay attention.

"They rubberneck, they want to see what all the commotion is about rather than paying attention to law enforcement who is trying to direct them," O'Neill explains.

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