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Fire Truck Slams into California Restaurant, Injuring 15

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

On Wednesday afternoon, fire trucks responding to a call in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey collided sending one truck crashing into a restaurant. Fifteen people were injured in the crash, including six fire fighters, pedestrians and restaurant customers, according to an ABC News 7 report.

Details of the Fire Truck Crash

According to reports, the details of the accident are as follows.

  • Shortly after 3 p.m., fire trucks from the Monterey Park and Alhambra Fire Departments were responding to a house fire call.
  • The two fire trucks collided at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield Avenue in Montery, causing one truck to slam into the Lu Dumpling House nearby.
  • A total of 15 people were injured in the crash. Ten people were admitted to local hospitals, including six fire fighters.
  • One customer was pinned between a table and the truck and is listed in critical condition.

Investigators said both trucks had on lights and sirens at the time of the crash. Support beams for the restaurant were damaged but workers were able to stabilize the building and keep it from collapsing.

Fire Truck Crash Statistics

A 2012 report on fire truck crashes published by the National Institutes of Health found that motor vehicle crashes were the second highest cause of death to fire fighters, making up approximately 20-25% of fire fighter deaths. Between 2000 and 2009, there were approximately 31,600 crashes involving fire vehicles. Of those crashes, 49 resulted in the death of at least one fire truck occupant. 75% of all fatal fire truck crashes result in the death of an occupant of another vehicle.

The study also determined that fire truck crashes make up nearly 10% of all accidents involving “special purpose vehicles.”


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