Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fire Engine Totalled, Driver Sought in Truckee Crash

TRUCKEE, CA - Authorities were searching for the driver of a pickup truck that turned in front of a California State Park fire engine Thursday, causing the engine to swerve and overturn, a Truckee police spokesman said.

The incident happened around 7:40 a.m. Thursday on Highway 89 North near Prosser Dam Road, Truckee police Sgt. Dan Johnston said.

Johnston said the engine was traveling northbound when the pickup turned left from Alder Drive directly into the path of the fire truck. The engine swerved to avoid a collision and slid sideways into a ditch before overturning.

The pickup sped away and was last seen heading northbound on Highway 89 North.

No one inside the engine was hurt, but the truck itself is likely a complete loss, Johnston said.

Police were looking for a late 80s or early 90s gun metal gray Chevrolet with a white cab-high camper shell. The pickup was pulling a flatbed trailer with short rails on the side and had a small amount of white covered material on the trailer.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call the Truckee Police Department at 530-550-2320.

Source: News10/KXTV , Story by Jason Kobely

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