On Sunday, 26-year-old Sean Smith was driving his 2004 Mazda RX8 down Livingston Road in Naples, Fla. He decided to reach down to grab his cellphone—he didn’t see the fire truck parked in his path.

Smith collided with the fire truck’s rear-end, causing $10,000 in damage to his car and about $50,000 in damage to the truck. According to Al Duffy, North Naples Battalion Chief, cones had been set up behind the truck, and the emergency lights of the truck were on.

He stated that it was their standard operating procedure. Firefighters parked the truck on the road to respond to a medical call involving a person on the ground near the sidewalk. According to Duffy, “they had been on the scene for maybe five minutes before this happened.”

Nobody was in the truck at the time of the crash. Smith was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was charged with careless driving.

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