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First Responders... Full Speed Ahead

First Responders... Full Speed Ahead

Many Waterbury residents agree that the recent dangerous motor vehicle v. fire truck accident was reminiscent of the tragic West Main Street accident of 1990. 25 years ago, while responding to a call, a Waterbury fire engine collided with a tree, injuring three firefighters and killing two. In 2007 another fatal incident occured when a fire truck ran a red light and collided with another fire truck.

A Waterbury fire engine accident occurred Thursday, September 24, 2015 on Oronoke Road, an eerie 10 minutes away from the site of the 1990 and 2007 accidents. While the truck was responding to the call, car pulled out of a driveway on Oronoke Road and T-boned the engine. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries but were not hospitalized. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. Another fire engine handled the call immediately.

These accidents are just a snapshot of how dangerous it is when a first responder is heading to a call. They have a priority to get to an emergency situation while at the same time maintain the saftey of the public as well as themselves. Driving at a high rate of speed takes training and skill. Other drivers on the road may be distracted and unaware of emergency vehicles. We need to spread awareness to keep these avoidable accidents from happening.

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