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Fire Truck Collides With Car
Updated 5:01 p.m. September 12
A fire truck en route to an emergency call collided with a vehicle on Springfield's east side this afternoon.
It happened near the intersection of South Grand and Dirksen Parkway. Police said an elderly man slammed into a fire truck while it was on the way to a fire call. Police said the fire truck had lights and sirens on as it turned north onto Dirksen from South Grand.
A 72-year-old man driving a Chevy Monte Carlo was driving south on Dirksen. At this time, it appears the driver drove through the intersection, into the fire truck.
The impact marks on the truck show the car hit the rig just behind the passenger compartment of the fire truck.
The driver of the car was taken to a local hospital. None of the firefighters were hurt.
Police said it's uncertain if charges will be filed. The accident is under investigation.
Fire Chief Ken Fustin said this is one of the department's newest fire trucks--purchased for $887,000. He said it was severely damaged. We did see it driving away from the scene without assistance. It's unknown how long the rig will be out of commission.