Calif. Man Dies in Collision With Responding Fire Engine

A fire engine from Hamilton City responding a vehicle wreck crashed itself killing the driver of a pickup truck.

According to the a report published by the Chico Enterprise-Record, a 1991 Ford F600, driven by Mario Medrano, 27, a firefighter with the Hamilton City Fire Department, collided with a pickup that allegedly turned into the path of the apparatus.

The pickup was broadsided by the engine which was responding to a dump truck crash with lights and sirens, the newspaper reported.

The driver, who was not identified by name, was reported to be a Hamilton City man in his 60s. He was extricated from the truck and taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it is thought the pickup driver, who was attempting to pull over to let the fire engine pass, may have swerved to the left, into the fire engine's path, to avoid hitting a car in front of him.

Medrano, the driver of the fire truck was taken to the local hospital as a precaution.

Highway 32 was closed for over two hours as the accident was investigated and debris from the crash, including razors, nails and diesel fuel was cleared from the scene, according to the newspaper.