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3 killed in head-on crash with Wash. fire engine

Two firefighters from Stevens County Fire District 1 were injured in the collision near Loon Lake



By Janelle Foskett

SPOKANE, Wash. — Three people were killed in a head-on collision with a Stevens County (Wash.) fire apparatus on Monday. Two firefighters in the engine were injured in the crash, which occurred near Loon Lake, north of Spokane.

KREM 2 News reported that the passenger car crossed the center line and struck Stevens County Fire District 1 Engine 2 head-on. The apparatus responding to a medical call with lights and sirens at the time of the collision.

The Stevens County engineer said the passenger vehicle erupted into flames. Firefighters called for other agencies to assist while working to suppress the fire and attend to the passengers in the car.

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the firefighters were transported to Multicare Deaconess North Emergency Center with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released. The injured firefighters have been identified as Glen Schade, 38, and Kurtis Vandervert, 45, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Stevens County Fire District 1 Fire Chief Mike Bucy shared in a Facebook post: “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic collision; we are a part of this community, and our hearts are with the families and friends of those who have died. I am thankful for the assistance of the Washington State Patrol, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, and the many community partners who have assisted with the response.”