Driver Killed After Collision with Hamilton City (CA) Fire Apparatus

A Hamilton City (CA) man whose pickup collided with a fire engine died after suffering major injuries Monday afternoon.

A Hamilton City Fire Department engine was eastbound on its way to an accident when a man driving an older model brown Ford Ranger came into its lane on Highway 32, CHP officer Mark Keyes said at the scene.

Volunteer firefighter Mario Medrano, 27, was driving the 1991 Ford F600 with its lights and sirens going, Keyes said. Cars were stopping.

The man, who is thought to be in his 60s, began going to the right to yield, but for an unknown reason he made a sharp left turn into the path of the engine and was broadsided, Keyes said. It is thought that he may have been avoiding crashing into a car in front of him, but that has not been confirmed.

The man had to be freed from his mangled pickup and was rushed to Enloe Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Medrano was also transported to the hospital as a precaution.

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