Motorist, Firefighter Injured In Denver, CO Accident
8-30-04 DENVER — A violent collision between a car and a Denver fire truck was under investigation Monday after the mishap left a motorist and firefighter injured. The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 13th Avenue and Corona Street, investigators said. The fire truck was responding to a call when it struck a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire on the side, shoving the Sunfire into a parked vehicle. The fire truck skidded into a tree and bus bench, just missing a woman sitting on the bench. The driver of the Sunfire, identified as Erin Fox, was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. An unidentified firefighter was also injured, but was treated and released. The fire truck was southbound on Corona Street when it entered the intersection with 13th Avenue. The emergency vehicle hit the passenger side of the Sunfire, which was westbound on 13th Avenue, smashing in the passenger side. The truck was using its red lights and siren, according to the fire department, but another motorist who was behind the Sunfire said she didn’t hear the truck’s siren until it was already in the intersection. An accident reconstruction by Denver police apparently showed the Sunfire was in the middle of the intersection when it was broadsided by the fire truck. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles in Denver are equipped with a special traffic signaling system that is designed to change traffic lights ahead of them so they can proceed on green lights. Investigators were checking to see if the traffic light change may have been delayed, not giving the Fox enough time to react.