Fire truck failed to use spotter in fatal accident

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 1:58 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The driver of the fire engine that fatally struck a Phoenix firefighter at a mulch fire two months ago wasn't using a required spotter.

A Phoenix police report on the May 18 accident that killed 23-year-old Brad Harper was released Tuesday.

Police investigators concluded no civil or criminal charges were necessary in the case.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/18BBDQo ) says the police report shows the driver didn't use a spotter as he drove his 37,000-pound truck in reverse before the fire truck struck Harper.

Harper was trapped between the engine and a door of his rescue ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at a Phoenix hospital the following morning.

Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan says an internal team is reviewing the police report and could have its own report sometime next month.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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