One Dead in California Fire Truck vs. Pickup Crash

A man was killed Monday afternoon when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a Hamilton City (CA) Fire Department engine.

The fire apparatus was en route to an accident, heading eastbound on Highway 32 when a man driving an older model brown Ford Ranger came into its lane, according to a report on (

The victim, who is thought to be in his 60s, began going to the right to yield to the truck but for an unknown reason made a sharp left turn into the path of the engine and was broadsided, according to volunteer firefighter Mario Medrano, 27, the apparatus driver.

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For more training-related material on apparatus driving, consider Driving Fire Apparatus : It’s Not the Family Sedan, Apparatus Defensive Driving, and National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Apparatus Driving and Intersections.


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