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Wichita fire battalion chief released from hospital after his pickup truck was rear-ended

A Wichita Fire Department battalion chief is recovering at home on Saturday after being hospitalized the night before. He had been taken to the hospital after his pickup truck was rear-ended when he was stopped at a red light while coming back from a fire call.

It’s unclear if the driver who rear-ended him was injured or if they were cited for anything. A police spokesperson did not have those details on Saturday afternoon.

The battallion chief, who has been with the department more than 25 years, was eastbound on Murdock, stopped at red light at Market, when his vehicle was hit, officials said. He was driving a WFD Ford F-150 and going back to the station after having responded to a semi-trailer fire call.

The wreck happened at 10:02 p.m.

EMS took the battalion chief to the nearby Ascension Via Christi St. Francis for neck, chest, and back pain, according to police spokesperson Andrew Ford.

WFD battalion chief Jose Ocadiz said his coworker was released Saturday morning and was recovering at home. Ocadiz said he believed his injuries wouldn’t keep him from work for long. The truck he drove had extensive rear-end damage, Ocadiz said.