Friday, March 2, 2007

Fire Engine Damaged In I-880 Collision

Fire Engine Damaged In I-880 Collision

Fire Engine Damaged In I-880 Collision
March 2, 2007

California - A Fremont fire engine responding to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 880 was damaged Wednesday by a delivery truck that was involved in the initial incident, fire officials said. The engine was dispatched to northbound I-880 near Alvarado Boulevard about noon, after a delivery truck and two other vehicles were involved in a minor-injury collision, Capt. Gerry Fogel said.

By the time firefighters arrived, a California Highway Patrol officer was at the scene and had closed at least one lane of the freeway, the captain said.

Minutes later, the CHP officer asked the delivery truck driver to move his truck to the side of the road so they could reopen lanes for traffic, Fogel said. But when the delivery man turned the engine on, it automatically went into "high-idle" and then quickly moved backward when the driver tried to put the truck into the drive gear, Fogel said.

The delivery truck traveled backward 30 feet and slammed into the fire engine, which was parked directly behind it blocking traffic, the captain said.

The truck continued to push up against the engine until the driver was able to turn it off, the captain said.

Moments later, after all the vehicles were on the side of the road, four additional vehicles collided at the same location, possibly because their drivers were looking at the wreckage, Fogel said.

Only minor injuries were reported in the first incident; no one else was hurt in the subsequent collisions.

Written by Oakland Tribune

Courtesy of © 2007, YellowBrix, Inc.

No comments:

Post a Comment

- Due to rampant abuse, we are no longer posting anonymous comments. Please use your real OpenID, Google, Yahoo, AIM, Twitter, Flickr name.

Twitter Buttons

****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer." --Abraham Lincoln

View blog top tags

Subscribe via email to California Fire News - Keep track of Cal Fire News

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner