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Pregnant singer Jewel struck by Texas fire truck

The famous singer/songwriter Jewel, who is also known for her stint on "Dancing With The Stars" and being married to Texas rodeo champion Ty Murray, was recently hit by a fire truck in central Texas. Jewel is pregnant, and took to Twitter to thank her SUV for keeping her and her unborn baby safe.

The two-vehicle accident occurred one morning last week at a rural intersection when the fire truck, which was reportedly responding to a grass fire, struck the singer's Cadillac SRX. The fire truck was being driven by the County Commissioner and the emergency sirens are said to have been on.

The singer was rushed to a hospital in her hometown of Stephenville, Texas, and only suffered minor injuries. Tests indicated that the unborn baby was uninjured as well, a spokeswoman for Jewel said. According to authorities, an investigation will follow.

The singer also thanked her fans for their prayers and support through her Twitter account. Jewel and her cowboy husband, Murray, have been married since 2008 and own a ranch outside of Stephenville.

Accidents involving fire trucks can prove to be serious as they are very powerful machines. While fire trucks and other emergency vehicles do have the right of way in emergency situations and other drivers on the road are required to pull over and let them pass, the emergency vehicle drivers are still expected to use care and caution.

If it is determined that the driver of an emergency vehicle caused an accident by acting negligently or recklessly, it would be possible for the person hit to bring a personal injury claim against the driver. However, if the driver was acting within the scope of his employment, the employer would be held responsible for the driver's actions under the legal doctrine "respondeat superior."

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Spokeswoman says Jewel and baby fine after wreck," The Associated Press, 3/11/2011.

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