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Riverside County Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas was fatally injured this morning while responding to a traffic collision in the Riverside Unit on the I-10 freeway, Funeral arrangements are pending.
|Cal Fire Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas, of Temecula, was killed Friday, July 5, after being hit by a pickup truck in Palm Desert.|
The driver, who stopped and was cooperative with authorities, has not been identified. Authorities said he is a disabled army veteran and Coachella Valley resident. He consented to a blood test, but drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor, Hamilton said.
The fire truck was responding to a crash on the freeway, but it’s unclear why it stopped on the onramp.
The CHP’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.
Riverside - CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas, 41, of Temecula was fatally injured while responding to a traffic collision along Interstate 10 near the Thousand Palms area in Riverside County. He was an eight year veteran of CAL FIRE. The CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department fire engine was on Interstate 10 near Monterey Ave, when the employee was struck by a passing vehicle.
Douglas was transported to Desert Regional Hospital but sadly the injuries were fatal. “This tragic accident affects the entire CAL FIRE family and deeply saddens all of the firefighting community,” Chief John R. Hawkins, CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department.The California Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be handling the investigation into the accident.
Grief counselors have been made available to the department’s firefighters and family members to assist them through this difficult time.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Region Chief Dale Hutchinson is at the scene and Riverside Unit Chief John Hawkins is at the hospital.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding the death of Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Engineer Christopher Douglas. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow state firefighters.”
“Please keep Christopher, his family and his crew in your thoughts and prayers,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director.
I am saddened to report that one of our Fire Apparatus Engineers was fatally injured this morning while responding to a traffic collision in the Riverside Unit on the I-10 freeway. Region Chief Dale Hutchinson is at the scene and Riverside Unit Chief John Hawkins is at the hospital and both are in constant communication with me as they work to get the family all the support they will need in the wake of this tragedy. I will share further updates with you after all family notifications are made.
Please keep our employee, the family and the crew in your thoughts and prayers. It is critical that as we deal with this difficult news, we stay focused on the job at hand.