Fatal Accident Involving Palo Alto (CA) Fire Apparatus

A Palo Alto Fire Department engine suffered major damage in an early fatal collision on Highway 101 Sunday morning. A crew attached to Engine 64 was designated as the “safety support vehicle,” a practice where certain engines are positioned on the scene of incidents as a roadblock to oncoming traffic.

The Engine 64 crew was tending to a solo vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 101 southbound, just before Embarcadero Road at 3:30 a.m. At 4:30 a.m., the driver of a white box truck carrying a load of baked goods struck the fire engine on the left rear portion of vehicle.

The fully loaded engine, which weighed 30,000 pounds with its equipment and 500 gallons of water, spun counterclockwise upon impact.

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