Police: Two Manchester (NH) Fire Apparatus Crash Unavoidable

A crash between two fire trucks was unavoidable according to a police investigation that took into account a video of the accident, reports Manchester Ink Link.

Officer Kevin A. Gelinas said in his report that the drivers of the two trucks had one second to react from the time the two trucks came into view of each other. The average perception reaction time is 1.6 seconds, he wrote, and therefore neither driver “would have had enough time to react and make any type of evasive maneuver before impact.”

Engine 11, operated by Timothy Swirko, followed behind Truck 1, driven by Denis R. Levasseur, as it headed east on Merrimack Street. Engine 11, a $600,000 truck in service for six months.

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