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4 firefighters hurt, 1 civilian dead after Ky. fire truck crash

Police said the fire truck was en route to a call with lights and sirens when it collided with a car

By FireRescue1 Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four firefighters were injured and one person died after a fire truck collided with a car while en route to a call Thursday morning.

WDRB reported that the fire truck and car were at a stop sign at an intersection when they collided. Police said the fire truck had the right of way.

"Our preliminary investigation, and according to witnesses, stated that the fire truck was going west on Algonquin in an emergency mode," Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. "Apparently there was a green Mercury that was at the corner of McCloskey and Algonquin, apparently at a stop sign. That vehicle went out into the intersection and collided with the fire apparatus."

"As a result of that, one person was pronounced deceased here at the scene," Mitchell said. "The Louisville Metro Police Traffic Unit is investigating, as well as our Public Integrity Unit, which will be shadowing the case, mainly because it involved a Metro agency."

Louisville Fire & Rescue Capt. Sal Melendez said all four firefighters who were in the truck were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Another person from the car was transported to the hospital in an unknown condition. We will update you when more information becomes available.

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