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6 Pa. FFs injured when rescue, tiller collide during response

Six firefighters were injured in a crash while responding to a structure fire in Butler Township

By Bill Carey

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Six firefighters were injured on Mar. 2 when the two fire trucks they were in collided while responding to a structure fire.

Butler Township Police Chief William J. Feissner stated that a rescue truck from Valley Regional entered the intersection against a red traffic light and began to turn. A ladder truck from Hazle Township was traveling north on Hunter Highway and had a green traffic light when the collision occurred, WNEP reported.

The ladder truck swerved to avoid the collision but struck the right side of the rescue truck, causing it to strike an embankment. The driver of the ladder truck had to be extricated from the cab.

Six firefighters were injured in the collision. Five were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton and one was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

WGAL reported that the house the firefighters were responding to was destroyed by fire.