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November 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

No improvement to firefighter struck on I-5

A 52-year-old South King County firefighter, injured yesterday morning when he was struck on Interstate 5, remains hospitalized today with no change to his medical condition.

A Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman said Wynn Loiland was in critical condition this afternoon.

Loiland, who has been with South King Fire & Rescue more than 30 years, was finishing his shift when he was struck by a car on I-5 in Federal Way. Loiland and two other firefighters were on the shoulder, responding to a call about an overturned pickup, which had been abandoned.

A 26-year-old Burien resident skidded out of control and struck Loiland and narrowly missed another firefighter and a lieutenant, authorities said.

Julie Startup, a State Patrol spokeswoman, said slick roads and fog were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

Loiland was taken to Harborview with severe head and facial injuries, a collapsed lung and broken arm, said Deputy Chief Gordie Olson of South King Fire & Rescue.

This morning, Olson said that Loiland has had no change in his medical condition.

“He’s had catscans showing no change,” Olson said. “He is still in that 24-hour to 72-hour window to see what direction he’ll go in. At this point, we hope he’ll stabilize and improve from there.”

A spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center said that Loiland remains in critical condition.

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