1 dead after vehicle crash involving Calif. fire truck

Two fire trucks were blocking the slow lane when one was rear-ended by a box truck, killing the driver


By Tatiana Sanchez
San Francisco Chronicle

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Authorities closed all southbound lanes of Highway 101 early Sunday in Palo Alto following a fatal collision.

The California Highway Patrol and the Palo Alto Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle crash at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday near the Embarcadero Road off-ramp, said CHP Officer David Morey.

There were no firefighters inside the truck at the time of the crash. (Photo/Palo Alto Fire Department)
There were no firefighters inside the truck at the time of the crash. (Photo/Palo Alto Fire Department)

Two fire trucks were blocking the slow lane when one of the trucks was rear-ended by a box truck at about 4:30 a.m., Morey said.

 

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There were no firefighters inside the truck at the time. The driver of the box truck, identified by the CHP as an adult male, died from injuries incurred in the crash.

Morey said it’s unclear what caused the box truck to crash into the fire truck but that drugs or alcohol are not factors.

The southbound lanes should reopen by 10 a.m., Morey said.

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