Fatal Crash After Stolen Van Slams Into Los Angeles Fire Apparatus

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The driver of a stolen vehicle, who was wanted in connection with a shooting, was killed and his passenger critically injured after they crashed into the back of a fire engine during a police pursuit in Los Angeles.

Officers were at the scene of a shooting when the suspects fled and then crashed into the fire engine, sending the engine into a nearby lawn, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The stolen van’s driver died at the scene of the crash and a passenger suffered critical injuries.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in the collision, and have since been released from hospital. The fire engine, which weighs about 40,000 when loaded with fuel and water, was heavily damaged.

“It was basically thrown around like a toy,” said LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders. “This is a very forunate situation for the LA City Fire Department, a very tragic situation for the individuals being chased by the LAPD.”

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