Chinese City Gets Two-Headed Fire Apparatus

Spotted in Nanjing, capital of south China’s Jiangsu province, has been a two-headed fire truck, designed by German heavy truck maker MAN, that is able to drive each way. The model has been seen before, at the border between France and Italy.

The truck is able to drive each way, saving the trouble of having to turn or reverse. The wheels of one head turn according to the steering wheel in charge with driving. This truck was reportedly acquired recently for 9 million-yuan ($1.43 million) and will be used for what it was designed, emergencies in narrow streets and tunnels.

On the morning of 24 March 1999, 38 people died when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel, a highway tunnel in Europe, under the Mont Blanc mountain in the Alps.

It took years of investigation, but most importantly a series of safety measures have later improved conditions in the tunnel. Ventilation system was enhanced, better cameras were installed, the disaster shelters were modified to be more robust and an entire control center dedicated to monitoring the tunnel was created.

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