We regret to advise you that 2 Firefighters
from Heinsberg County in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany have
died as a result from a vehicle crash while responding to a fire call.
The Firefighters from the City of Erkelenz were responding
to a working structure fire when their apparatus struck oncoming traffic and
flipped-see photos below. Sadly the driver of the struck car was a 19
year old Volunteer firefighter on his way to the firehouse for the run.
He reportedly ran head on into the apparatus on a curve- and drifted over
the center line directly into the path of the pumper.
Both the driver of the car (a Firefighter) and the driver of the
fire apparatus died on scene, the rest of the crew were severely injured
and airlifted. The car was demolished by the impact and the pumper overturned.
Both drivers were killed immediately and two other firefighters in the engine
were seriously injured. One of them age 39 was flown by helicopter to Aachen in
critical condition. The other, age 30, was transported to Erklenz in serious
condition. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.