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Firetrucks collide heading to burning Pennsylvania house, 6 firefighters injured

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Six firefighters were injured Saturday when two fire trucks collided while responding to a house on fire in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Just before 2:30 p.m., firefighters were responding to a call in Luzerne County when a “Valley Regional Fire Rescue Spartan rescue truck and a Hazle County Fire Rescue Seagrave Marauder ladder truck” crashed along Hunter Highway. There was a collision at an intersection. The road is also known as Route 309, according to a press release from Butler Township Police Chief William J. Feisner.

Two firefighters suffered “moderate injuries” and four others suffered minor injuries, Feissner said. One firefighter was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley and the other firefighters were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton.

Feissner said a preliminary investigation showed the rescue vehicle entered the intersection on a red light and began making a left turn, and the ladder truck had a green light on that was “activated by the ladder truck’s traffic light preemption system.” said. Feissner said the ladder truck swerved, but hit the rescue vehicle and then an embankment, trapping the ladder truck driver briefly. Both vehicles had lights and sirens operating.

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On March 2, 2024, a Valley Regional Fire and Rescue rescue truck collided with a Hazle Township ladder truck. (Bob Kadruboski)

Butler Township police are investigating a crash that closed a portion of Hunter Highway for about four hours.

“The outpouring of support for our company has been overwhelming,” Hazle Township Fire wrote on its Facebook page. “Thank you for your continued prayers for the early recovery of everyone involved.”

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Two firefighters at the scene suffered “moderate injuries,” and four others sustained minor injuries. (Bob Kadruboski)

On Sunday, the Valley Fire Department posted on Facebook wishing for a speedy recovery and asking for continued prayers.

Valley Regional Fire Rescue Vehicle

A Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Service rescue truck was one of two vehicles involved in the accident while en route to a house fire. (Bob Kadruboski)

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Officials said the burning house that both vehicles were heading toward was destroyed by fire, but no one was injured. A woman told the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice newspaper that four people were home when a charger sparked and exploded in the garage, and the family tried to put out the fire but had to evacuate, she said. added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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