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Fatal Firetruck Crash in California

Car vs. Firetruck – Car's Driver Succumbs

A HAMILTON CITY, CALIFORNIA, FIRE ENGINE was responding emergency to a call Monday afternoon when it crashed head-on with an old pickup truck.

The pickup can be seen in the right-side distance
in this photo provided by the Enterprise-Record.

The driver of the car who was in his 60's, was seriously injured in the crash and later died in the hospital from his injuries.

The Chico Enterprise-Record reported:

A Hamilton City Fire Department engine was eastbound on its way to an accident when a man driving an older model brown Ford Ranger came into its lane at about 1:50 p.m. Monday on Highway 32 near Gianella Road, CHP officer Mark Keyes said at the scene.

Volunteer firefighter Mario Medrano, 27, was driving the 1991 Ford F600 with its lights and sirens going, Keyes said. Cars were stopping.

The man, who is thought to be in his 60s, began going to the right to yield, but for an unknown reason he made a sharp left turn into the path of the engine and was broadsided, Keyes said.

Read the full story in the Enterprise-Record HERE.

Hat tip:  Mark D.

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