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Driver dies after crashing car into CAL FIRE engine at collision scene

The Riverside County engine was parked on the shoulder of 60 Freeway to block traffic



By Hunter Lee
The Press-Enterprise

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — A driver died on Sunday, Dec. 11, after losing control of his car and crashing into a fire engine parked on the side of the 60 Freeway in Jurupa Valley.

Around 12:30 p.m., CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters were responding to a minor collision between two vehicles along the eastbound lanes of the freeway, west of Valley Way, according to CAL FIRE/Riverside spokesperson Tawny Castro. The fire engine had parked on the shoulder to block traffic when a BMW crashed into the rear of the engine.

The BMW was heading east on the freeway when water on the road from the Sunday morning rainfall caused the driver to lose control and veer into the fire truck, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Murray said in an OnScene.TV video.

The driver, who has only been identified as a man, was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers inside the vehicle.

No injuries of first responders were reported, Murray said. CHP officers were continuing their investigation into the afternoon.

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