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Fire Truck Crash Tragically Kills Pedestrian in Reno, Nevada

October 22, 2019

RENO, NV- writes that a woman was fatally struck by a fire truck in a tragic crash that took place in Reno over the weekend. The woman was identified as a 63-year-old who is believed to have been homeless. She died at the scene of the accident.*

The fire department is working with the authorities to determine the cause of the crash. It is not clear whether the fire truck was responding to an emergency or not when the woman was killed. 

Emergency vehicles are involved in around 30,0000 collisions every year. These vehicles are often used in situations where time is of the essence, and they must get to their destination as quickly as possible. Of course, driving a large vehicle like a fire truck under pressure and hastily through traffic creates some very real dangers. The sirens and lights help to alert drivers of their presence, and the law gives these vehicles the right-of-way in many situations, but there are still plenty of chances for something to go wrong. Drivers and pedestrians may not be paying attention and might neglect to give these vehicles enough space, and the emergency responders may fail to slow down and ensure that an intersection is clear before driving through.

As a result of the risks inherent in operating an emergency vehicle, there are a number of severe accidents involving fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars every year. Motor vehicle accidents are also one of the most likely causes of accidental deaths of firefighters. All emergency vehicles have higher rates of crashes when responding to emergency calls, and when it comes to fire trucks, about 70 percent of the accidents take place in this context.

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