For the second time in less than a year, a Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) fire truck was struck on I-70.
The accident as the ladder fire truck was departing the scene of a car accident. The fire truck was struck from behind.
The CCFR said the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car into the fire truck, which was struck and severely damaged.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) vehicle collisions claimed 253 firefighter lives and another 70 firefighters were lost as a result of being struck by a vehicle from 1996 to 2010. These situations are not only dangerous for firefighters, a Department of Transportation (DOT) report found that approximately 18 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. are a result of secondary collisions.
These are collisions that occur as a result of distraction or congestion from a prior incident.
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