Blizzard Conditions Prompt Fire Truck Collision
Mar 14, 2017 08:21PM ● Published by Brendan Lewis
Fire officials say the extreme winter weather experienced in
the area caused an accident with one of the town’s fire engines mid-Tuesday
morning and resulted in two injuries.
Fire chief Michael Hazel said that emergency dispatch received initial calls about the collision with Engine 3 at approximately 10:30 a.m.
The incident is still under investigation by the Tewksbury Police and Fire Departments and therefore officials could not release certain details.
However, Hazel said that a Tewksbury fire engine was on its way back from a call traveling south on North Street in the area of the North Street school when a sedan traveling in the opposite direction lost control under the snowy conditions and eventually spun sideways and collided with the engine.
According to Hazel, the driver of the fire engine saw the out of control vehicle ahead of time and was trying to mitigate the incident but was unable to avoid the spinning vehicle.
While the engine had come to almost a complete stop, the vehicle could not and collided with the engine after sliding on its side.
Police officials would not say whether they are expecting to cite the other motorist with a criminal or civil violation, as to not reveal any details related to an active investigation. They could not offer a timeline as far as when they think the investigation may be complete.
Both the motorist and the fire engine operator were transported with minor injuries. The motorist was the sole occupant of his car.
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