Pennsylvania Firefighter, City May Be Liable in Deadly Apparatus Crash

A judge ruled that the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a veteran firefighter could be held liable in civil court for fatal injuries suffered by a 60-year-old man in a 2008 crash involving a city fire apparatus.

While noting that governments are generally immune from such liability, Northhampton County Judge Emil Giordano indicated that there are exceptions when a vehicle is being operated at the time the injury occurred, according to a report from The Morning Call (

The judge added that there was conflicting testimony during depositions relative to whether the firefighter acted negligently during the collision.

The suit seeks monetary damages that would be determined by a jury.

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