NORTHLAKE, Ill. (AP) - One firefighter was killed and two others
were injured Tuesday when two fire trucks collided in a crash that
a witness said sounded like a bomb went off.
The firefighter died at Loyola University Medical Center in the
Chicago suburb of Maywood, said hospital spokeswoman Sandra
Martinez. She said another firefighter was in critical condition
there late Tuesday night, Martinez said.
A third firefighter was in serious condition Tuesday night at
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Sheri Scott said.
The collision happened about 6 p.m. at an intersection on the
border of the suburbs of Northlake and Melrose Park. A witness said
fire trucks from Northlake and the suburb of Stone Park were
involved and broadcast reports said the trucks were both headed to
a garage fire. Local authorities did not return repeated telephone
calls Tuesday night.
Cecil Graham, 39, a mechanic with Pollard Motor Co. in Melrose
Park, said he was walking outside when he saw one fire truck
heading through the intersection of Mannheim Road and Armitage
Avenue. The other fire truck was traveling along Mannheim.
"As soon as (the truck) crossed the first lane of traffic,
that's when I heard the bomb -- the big explosion," he said.
Graham said one fire truck landed on its side after the
"I could see underneath the truck, the whole thing," he said.
Firefighters involved in the accident had to extricate at least
one firefighter from the truck and had to extinguish flames coming
from it, he said.
Ellen Maslo, a receptionist at Pollard, said the trucks were
"pretty mangled" when she stepped outside.
"I thought if anybody came out of there, it would be a
miracle," she said.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Rest in peace....my prayers go out to the injured, the families and the firefighting community.
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04-28-2004, 12:23 PM #3
My thoughts are with the brothers from both departments.
Has any information come out as to seatbelt usage or communications between the two trucks?
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