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Four firefighters injured during fire engine collision, airbags failed to deploy

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Hani Barghouthi

The Detroit News

Jun. 8—Four Detroit firefighters and two others were injured in a Wednesday morning crash between a fire engine and a passenger vehicle.

Detroit Fire Department Engine 50 was on its way to respond to a fire on Riad Street at approximately 8 a.m. when it collided with a passenger car at Houston Whittier and Dickerson, according to James Harris, fire department spokesman.

Two civilians, who had to be rescued from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, were in “serious condition” after the accident but will recover, Harris said.

The firefighters were transported to St. John’s Hospital after the collision. Two reported pain in their backs and lower extremities, Harris said, and were awaiting X-rays, and the two others were taken in for observation.

“Firefighters suffered bumps, bruises, muscle pain and facial cuts, but no serious injuries occurred. Initial investigation suggests the pickup truck struck the fire engine above the bumper, avoiding contact with the airbag sensors,” Fox 2 Detroit reported.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation.

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