Vehicle hits and damages firetruck in northeast Detroit

Evan James Carter
The Detroit News

Detroit — No injuries were reported after a vehicle struck a firetruck responding to a fire on Monday, authorities say.

The Detroit firetruck was hit at about 9 or 9:30 p.m. while turning into the intersection of Dequindre and Outer Drive on the city's northeast side, causing the truck to careen toward a nearby Citgo gas station, said Detroit's Deputy Fire Commissioner, Dave Fornell. The crash also knocked down a utility pole.

The crash resulted in "significant damage" to the front of the fire truck and severely damaged the civilian vehicle, Fornell said. The falling utility pole  "demolished" another vehicle on the Citgo property belonging to the gas station clerk.   

The driver of the firetruck had the right of way and checked the intersection before turning into it and, according to Fornell, who said it appeared that the civilian vehicle didn't have its lights on when it drove into the intersection and struck the rig.

The driver of the civilian car was checked out by Detroit EMS and refused transport. After the accident was investigated, the fire company was able to go back into service, Fornell said.

"That company is responding to [fires] and medical calls as we speak," he said. "It could have been much worse, but luckily no one was injured."

Detroit police are investigating the incident.

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