UPDATE: Double Apparatus Crash In Pennsylvania-Initial Findings

The Luzerne County (PA) 911 Center received a report of a structure fire just before 1430 hours and alerted companies due on the run.

A short time later, while responding, a Spartan rescue truck from Valley Regional Fire & Rescue and a Seagrave tractor drawn ladder truck from the Hazle Township Fire & Rescue collided at an intersection.

The preliminary police investigation revealed that the rescue truck from Valley Regional entered the intersection on a steady red traffic light and began to turn left. The ladder truck from Hazle Township was traveling north on Hunter Highway and had a green traffic light, which was activated by traffic light pre-emption system on the ladder truck.

The ladder truck swerved to avoid the collision, but struck the right side of the rescue truck and then veered off, striking an embankment. The driver of the ladder truck was trapped in the vehicle for a short time before being extricated by other firefighters.

A total of six Firefighters were injured — four were slightly injured and two had moderate injuries.

Both apparatus had their emergency equipment activated at the time of the crash. The traffic light preemption system is designed to give one side of the intersection priority (a green light) while turning the other directions red. Both apparatus suffered major damage.

The structure was destroyed as a result of the fire, but members were able to stop the fire from spreading to a nearby residence.