By CBSLA Staff

BARSTOW (CBSLA) – A Barstow firefighter was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning while handling a traffic accident on Interstate 15 between the L Street and Highway 58 exits.

According to the Barstow Fire Protection District, calls for the original collision on the northbound I-15 came in at approximately 3:26 a.m.

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“While crews were treating patients and prepared for clearing the scene, a vehicle traveling at highway speeds struck one firefighter. That firefighter sustained major injuries and was immediately treated by his crew to help sustain his life,” officials said in a press release.

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The firefighter was then transported by air to Loma Linda University Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

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Authorities also said that the incident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the Barstow Police Department.