Today around 6pm, a Clay Fire Territory fire engine, a Roseland Police car, a St. Joseph County Sheriff/Police car, and one other car were involved in a wreck that ended with the fire engine on its side. The engine involved is engine 243 from Clay Fire Territory, a 2007 HME Spectra with 1630 gallon tank.
In the end, three people were injured and transported to hospitals: the Roseland Police Officer, the Firefighter driving the fire engine, and the driver of the car. None of the injuries were life threatening.
The accident happened at Juniper Road and Cleveland near the University of Notre Dame. The police officer was responding to an accident, the fire engine was responding to a garage fire.
The accident is under investigation.
Fire chief John Vance believes that the Roseland police officer struck the Clay Township fire truck in the intersection as the fire truck was heading east on Cleveland.
The fire truck had a green light, while the police car was heading north on Juniper. Read more
Initial reports from witnesses are that the fire apparatus had the right of way (w/the Opticom controlled green light) and that all Firefighters were seat belted in.
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