Man dies in fire engine collision (BBC News)


Man dies in fire engine collision

999 call.jpgA motorist has died after his car was involved in a collision with a fire engine answering an emergency call.

The appliance was on its way to extinguish a blaze in a pile of rubbish in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, when crash took place.

The deaf man, who has not been named by police, was taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.

None of the five firefighters involved in the incident was seriously injured.

The fire engine had its blue lights flashing and siren on when the crash happened at the traffic light-controlled junction of Linlithgow Road and Dean Road at 1400 BST.

‘Almighty collision’

Pedestrians ran into the nearby BP service station to summon help, while the crew of the fire engine tried to give the man first aid and called for assistance.

Onlookers said the fire engine came down Linlithgow Road from the direction of nearby Bo’ness fire station and tried to turn right into Dean Road.

The dead man was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The circumstances of this
tragedy will be investigated

Douglas Dick
Central Scotland Fire and Rescue

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service station manager Douglas Dick said the fire engine, a standard pumping appliance, was responding to a 999 call about a pile of rubbish which was alight against the back wall of a house.

Mr Dick said: “The circumstances of this tragedy will be investigated.”

A police spokesman said the dead man would not be formally named until officers are satisfied his close relatives have been contacted and informed.

The spokesman said: “A full road collision investigation will be conducted.”

A series of roads were closed as a result of the incident, and police have appealed for witnesses.

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