1 killed after Denver fire truck collides with sedan
DENVER (KKTV) - One person was killed and two others badly injured after a Denver fire truck collided with a sedan Saturday afternoon.
The fire truck was entering the Broadway and Speer intersection at 1:37 p.m. when it t-boned an oncoming car. The crew was en route to a potential structure fire and had its lights and sirens on as it was crossing the intersection, police said.
One person in the car was killed and two others were critically injured. Some of the firefighters also sustained injuries.
“The entire Denver Fire Department extends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims of this tragic accident,” said Fire Chief Desmond Fulton. “We are committed to cooperating fully with this investigation and are hopeful to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring in the future.”
In a news conference Sunday, Fulton said the five-man crew leaped to help the crash victims regardless of their own injuries.
“They immediately, being professionals that they are, recognized the severity of this, and even though they were shook up and sustained some injuries themselves, they immediately went to work helping to extricate these individuals. The quicker we can get the people out of the vehicle and into the hospital the greater chance we have of survival.”
The five firefighters will be evaluated by the fire chief to determine when they can come back to work.
“This affects us all. A life was lost and other people are fighting for their lives right now. And I’ve got five men at home that are revisiting this scene in their head over and over and over again. This takes a tremendous impact on us psychologically and emotionally,” Fulton said.
The Denver Fire Department says they are fully cooperating with the police department during their investigation. The fire truck involved in the crash has been taken out of rotation and is being processed as evidence.
The full news conference can be viewed below.
The identities of the people involved in the crash have not been released.
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