INDIANAPOLIS — A woman in Indy didn’t call an Uber, instead she hitched a ride on the back of a fire truck on Wednesday.
A driver pulled up next to an Indianapolis Fire Department truck at a stoplight and told them someone was riding on the back of the engine.
“So, they put the engine in park and walked around to the back of the engine where this woman was standing on the engine and they asked her what she was doing,” said IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith. “She said, ‘I needed a ride,” and they said, ‘Well, you can’t do that, you need to get off.'”
Reith said the crew and the woman exchanged a few words, and the woman was not happy that she had to get off the engine, but she simply just walked away.
“The message that we’re trying to convey here is that we don’t want anybody jumping on the back of an apparatus.”
She said the incident could have been tragic.
“More often than not, you find yourself in traffic having to come to a quick stop, or we get dispatched on a run while we’re out on the street,” Reith said. “They would just pick up and go not knowing she was back there.”
She said they don’t know if she got on the fire truck while it was still moving, or when it was stopped at another light.