Weekend accident involves fire truck

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One person has been taken to hospital after a Saturday morning crash involving a Fort St. John fire truck.

The collision occurred at 10:43 a.m. after the station had received a call to go out to a scene, says Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows.

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Whenever the station gets a call, the traffic lights are prepped and begin flashing yellow before turning red by the time the fire trucks have to exit.

Burrows says one vehicle had stopped in the right hand lane, but a minivan in the other lane failed to stop and hit the driver’s side door of the number one engine.

A passenger in the vehicle was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Burrows says the number one engine is the primary vehicle the department uses when going to a scene. He says that because fire trucks are all custom-made it is expected to take a minimum of four months to fix.

Even though he says the truck does not look badly damaged, the way these trucks are built is to disperse any impact throughout the truck. So, he says that even though the visible damage is to the driver’s side door, other parts of the truck might have been affected.

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