Alleged drunk driver hits fire truck, barely misses firefighter


by Catherine Holland

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 8:26 AM

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PHOENIX – A firefighter was lucky to escape injury when an alleged drunk driver hit his fire truck Monday night.

It happened at about 10 p.m. in the neighborhood of 26th Street and Thomas Road.

Phoenix firefighters were on the scene of a fire at a two-story building in that area.

According to police, a car hit one of the fire trucks on the scene from behind.

A firefighter had just finished connecting the truck’s hose to a fire hydrant. In the minutes leading up to the wreck, that firefighter was at the back of the truck, right at the point of impact.

The firefighter was not injured, but officials say had the wreck happened only a few moments earlier, it would have been a very different story.

There reportedly was a crew on board the fire truck when it was struck. They were not hurt.

The car was not moving very fast when it hit the fire truck so the damage to both vehicles was minimal.

Police have not released the name of the man behind the wheel of that car, but they believe he was impaired at the time of the crash. Officers arrested that driver at the scene. Charges are pending.

As for the fire, crews believe it started in a storage room on the second floor of the building. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames relatively quickly.

It’s not known what sparked the fire, but no injuries were reported.