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New video, details released in Cincinnati fire engine rollover

Cincinnati Engine 24 was traveling at 55 miles per hour when it crossed the intersection and the driver lost control

By Bill Carey

CINCINNATI — New information about a crash in April involving Cincinnati Fire Engine 24 has been revealed.

A Metro bus driver witnessed the April 8 accident at an intersection, with seven onboard cameras recording as it occurred, WLWT reported.

WLWT’s review of records indicates that when a fire was reported on McPherson Avenue, the crew of Engine 24 was at Western Hills Plaza.

Although they were not initially dispatched, the records reveal they added themselves to the call. The fire location was about four miles away from the plaza.

Records show that just before Engine 24 crossed the intersection it accelerated to 55 miles per hour, then to 47 miles per hour as the truck spun 180 degrees and flipped. The speed limit in that area is 35 miles per hour.

Cincinnati Fire Chief Frank McKinley previously said the crash is still under investigation.

“Citizen and firefighter safety remains our top priority, and while the incident involving our fire engine is under investigation, rest assured that every measure is being taken to determine the cause,” McKinley said. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take the corrective actions required to ensure these types of accidents do not occur in the future.”

WLWT contacted McKinley for an update and was told there was nothing new to report.

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