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Four firefighters hurt when engine crashes into tree

March 14, 2013 |  7:12 am

Four Orange County firefighters were recovering from injuries Thursday after their firetruck crashed into a tree.

The Orange County Fire Authority engine was involved in an accident at Crescent Avenue and Los Altos Drive around 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, KTLA reported.

Officials said Engine 61, based in Buena Park, was responding to a medical aid call when the crash took place. The engine was turning from Crescent to a service road just west of Los Altos when the driver apparently lost control.

The fire truck went up onto a median and struck a large pine tree, officials said. The crash was so powerful that it knocked over the tree and crushed the emergency vehicle’s engine. Four firefighters were taken to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries, a spokesman for the fire authority said.

The fire authority was investigating the crash.


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-- Kellan Connor, KTLA