Volunteer NM Firefighter Fatally Runs Over Another

Firefighter fatality

Matthew Reisen

Albuquerque Journal, N.M.


Jul. 21—ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A volunteer firefighter was helping a person injured in a crash Wednesday morning when another volunteer firefighter backed over her in a fire truck, killing her, along Interstate 25 near Truth or Consequences, according to New Mexico State Police.

State Police spokesman Ray Wilson said 59-year-old Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter from Caballo, was pronounced dead at the scene. He did not say if the 52-year-old man who ran her over, also a Caballo volunteer firefighter, will face any charges.

The incident is being investigated by State Police.

Wilson said State Police were investigating a single-vehicle, non-injury crash that happened a round 11:30 a.m. on I-25, south of TorC, when the other incident occurred close to an hour later.

He said Tracy was at the scene “providing aid and support” to someone involved in the crash when another Caballo volunteer firefighter was repositioning the fire truck.

“The driver did not see firefighter Tracy and backed over her,” Wilson said, adding that “the fire apparatus was not equipped with a backup camera.”

He said State Police are not releasing the identity of the firefighter who ran over Tracy.


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