Civilian Hurt as Truck Hits Fort Worth Fire Engine

May 19--FORT WORTH -- A pickup driver was seriously injured Sunday morning when his truck slammed into a fire truck on the scene of a vehicle fire just off Interstate 30 near Beach Street, a fire official said.

No firefighters were injured in the wreck that occurred just after 5 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate east of downtown Fort Worth.

One fire truck was on the scene extinguishing a fire on a vehicle attached to a tow truck, said Battalion Chief Richard Harrison.

"A second engine was on the scene in the right lane, blocking traffic for the first engine," Harrison said. "That's the procedure we use on those types of calls."

A black pickup traveling westbound on the highway drove up and slammed into the fire truck that was blocking traffic. The fire truck was heavily damaged, Harrison said.

"That engine weighs about 44,000 pounds," he said. "On impact, it was moved into another lane."

The pickup driver was taken to an area hospital, but no details were released on his condition or identity.

Police are investigating.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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