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1 Dead After Taxi Crashes Into Fire Van

Four Firefighters Injured

A COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP VFD fire police van was transporting four firefighters shortly before noon Sunday in the Pocono region, when the driver of a taxi coming the opposite direction lost control and and slid sideways into the path of the oncoming fire police vehicle.

The van impacted the taxi in the center of the passenger side caving it in and causing the taxi to roll over, killing the driver of the cab. 

Pocono Record

The Pocono Record continues:

The taxi cab driver, Michael West, 55, of Stroudsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:12 p.m., said Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen. There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash, Allen said.

Four Coolbaugh Township volunteer firefighters in the van were taken to area hospitals. As of Sunday evening, two of the firefighters had been released from the hospital, but two were still in the intensive care unit of Geisinger-Community Medical Center, said Coolbaugh Township Chief Bill Weimer.

The fire vehicle was declared not to be at blame for the wreck.  It was traveling at a low speed and did not have any emergency lights or siren activated.  It hasn't been disclosed where they were going.

Read the full account in the Pocono Record HERE.

Hat tip:  Mark Donovan

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