Official D.C. fire logs verify the document leaked to WUSA9 Thursday showing a repair request sent out just hours before Engine 28 crashed head-on into a D.C. police car.
The accident injured fire and police personnel and damaged two civilian vehicles and the emergency vehicles.
According to a log sheet obtained from DC Fire through the Freedom of Information Act, fire fighters requested maintenance on a “air leak” and a “valve bracket.”
Experts say although it is unlikely that the documented maintenance problem would cause a crash, the 30-ton fire engine should have been brought out of service to determine whether the brakes were safe.
Union officials say firefighters onboard the engine when it crashed on Porter Street NW near Connecticut Avenue Monday believe there was a brake failure.
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