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Firefighter Dies in Accident Involving Fire Truck, Hillegas Rd & Butler Rd, Nov. 11, 2012

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For Immediate Release: November 11, 2012
Contact: Office of Public Information 260-427-1343
City Of Fort Wayne Police Department

Accident Involving Fire Truck Claims Life of Firefighter 

Date/Time of Incident: November 11, 2012 / 8:58 p.m.
Location of Incident: Hillegas Road and Butler Road
Victim: Adult Male - Deceased

Officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department and Firefighters of the Fort Wayne Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of Hillegas Road and Goshen Road in reference to a single-vehicle accident involving a fire truck. A caller had stated they located a fire truck just south of the intersection of Hillegas and Butler Roads that appeared to have rolled over. A tanker truck from the Washington Township Fire Department was located and an occupant was trapped as a result of this crash.
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The Allen County Coroner pronounced an adult male dead at the scene of the crash.  The victim was a firefighter with the Washington Township Fire Department.  The name of the victim will be released by the Allen County Coroner's Office.
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The fire truck struck three (3) utility poles after it rolled over. There were electric wires down as a result and the wires were live. An AEP crew quickly arrived on the scene and disconnected the power.

The Washington Township Tanker Fire Truck was southbound on Hillegas when it appears the driver lost control when it attempted to make a westbound turn onto Bulter Road. The tanker was responding to a brush fire in the 4300 of Butler Road.

Calls for service for the Washington Township Fire Department will be covered by surrounding agencies for the near future.
 
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department F.A.C.T team.

Sgt. Mark Brooks
Public Information Officer
City of Fort Wayne Police Department
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