Four Venezuelan firefighters die in crash
ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) - Four Venezuelan firefighters died and a
fifth was critically injured early Sunday when their sport utility
vehicle struck the rear of a tractor-trailer truck parked on the
shoulder of Interstate 10, authorities said.
The firefighters, whose names were not immediately released
pending notification of relatives, were traveling as part of a
three-vehicle caravan to College Station to attend a training
academy, according to the Houston Chronicle's online edition Sunday
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were trying to
determine what caused the SUV to leave the road and strike the
truck, whose driver had pulled off the interstate to contact his
"He was there legally," DPS Trooper Dana Cothren said. The
impact pushed the truck, which did not have a trailer, off the
The SUV's driver was one of those killed in the 6:30 a.m. wreck.
"He failed to drive in his lane and struck the back end" of
the truck, Cothren said. "Why he did that - we don't know. Was he
trying to avoid somebody in front of him? We don't know."
Two men and two women died at the scene. A fifth person was in
critical condition Sunday night at Memorial Hermann Hospital in
Houston. The truck driver was not seriously injured.
Ten other Venezuelan firefighters traveling in the convoy went
to the hospital to be with the injured firefighter.
The Chronicle reported the firefighters had arrived in Miami on
Thursday and were driving to College Station when the crash
They were to attend a Spanish-language training course at Texas
A&M University, the newspaper said.
The victims were part of a three-vehicle convoy of Venezuelan
firefighters heading to College Station to register for a
Spanish-language training course at Texas A&M.
"The participants, instructors and staff of the Spanish School
are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrades in the firefighting
profession," Les Bunte, emergency training director, said in a
A memorial service is planned Wednesday, training academy
spokesman Jason Cook said.
Anahuac is about 40 miles east of Houston.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Rest in peace brothers....May God provide for your families and watch over the injured firefighter.
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07-12-2004, 06:28 AM #1
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