Tiller, Heavy Rescue Collide in Butler Twp., PA, Enroute to House Fire

March 3, 2024
The fire trucks - from Valley Regional and Hazle Township fire departments - collided at an intersection while responding.

 Two fire apparatus responding to a house fire collided Saturday in Butler Township, sending several firefighters to the hospital.

Officials told ABC27.com that a rescue truck from Valley Regional Fire & Rescue entered the intersection to turn left when they had a red light while the ladder truck from Hazle Township, using a traffic pre-emption device, entered the intersection with a green light to drive straight.

The driver of the Hazle tiller truck tried to avoid the collision but hit the officer's side of the rescue before turning right and crashing into an embankment.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on Route 309.

Butler Township police told the television station that five firefighters, two who suffered moderate injuries, were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton. Another firefighter was taken for treatment to Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

Both trucks, officials said, were responding to a house fire in the Beech Mountain Lakes area.

Valley Regional Assistant Chief Marty James said the fire, sparked by a battery, started in the basement of the home.

No injuries were reported but James said the home was gutted.