Driver crashes into Minn. fire station, memorial to fallen firefighter-medic

Firefighters had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened


By Tim Harlow
Star Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A driver crashed into a St. Paul fire station and an outdoor memorial for a fallen firefighter Tuesday night before fleeing the scene.

Firefighters at Station 14 on Snelling Avenue had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened, according to a Facebook post.

A vehicle hit a memorial erected in honor of Shane Clifton, a firefighter and paramedic who worked at Station 14, outside the Snelling Avenue fire station in St. Paul. (Photo/Star Tribune via Tribune News Service)
A vehicle hit a memorial erected in honor of Shane Clifton, a firefighter and paramedic who worked at Station 14, outside the Snelling Avenue fire station in St. Paul. (Photo/Star Tribune via Tribune News Service)

“We all got up to investigate what we thought was a multiple vehicle accident,” the social media post read. “Instead, we find a vehicle had crashed into the station with the driver running down the street.”

The vehicle hit a memorial erected in honor of Shane Clifton, a firefighter and paramedic who worked at Station 14 and died in the line of duty on Aug. 31, 2015. Clifton, 38, had worked for the St. Paul Fire Department for eight years. He previously had served in the Navy for nine years.

The stone outside the station at 111 N. Snelling Av. was not damaged, the posting said, and firefighters were able to clean up the area and replace the headstone.

There was no word about the fate of the driver.

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