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Struck By Incidents

Massachusetts: Cars Slam Into Worcester Fire Apparatus

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

One of those crashes involved the Worcester fire truck. Deputy Chief John F. Sullivan said Engine 2 was struck while performing a vital duty: acting as a buffer 400 feet behind another fire truck that was responding to a crash.

"It performed exactly the way it was supposed to perform," Deputy Chief Sullivan said of the safety system, which is recommended by national first responder safety guidelines. First responders are killed every year while tending to highway crashes, Deputy Chief Sullivan said. In this case, the driver of the buffer fire truck - the sole occupant of the vehicle - is expected to be OK after being taken to the hospital for back and neck pain.

Deputy Chief Sullivan said state police are investigating what led to the crash.

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