6 injured after two fire trucks collide in Luzerne County

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Six were transported after a crash in Luzerne County.

According to the Luzerne County Communications Center, around 2:30 p.m. two fire trucks collided on Route 309 in Butler Township Saturday afternoon.

One truck from Valley Regional Fire and a truck from Hazle Township Fire were involved in the crash.

Butler Township Police said both fire trucks were responding to a structure fire on Grouse Ridge Lane in the Beech Mountain Lakes development.

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Officials say the truck from Valley Regional Fire & Rescue entered the intersection at a steady red light and began to turn left, the ladder truck from Hazle Township was traveling north on Hunter Highway and had a green light that had been activated by a pre-emption system on the ladder truck.

To avoid the crash the truck from Hazle Township swerved, however, struck the right side of Valley Regional Fire & Rescue and then veered off striking the embankment, officials continued.

Police said four firefighters were slightly injured and two with moderate injuries. Five had been transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton and one was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, police note.

According to Marty James, the Assistant Chief of Valley Regional Fire, the fire started in the basement by a battery.

Three people made it out of the home safely, but the home is a total loss, according to James.

Officials say, Red Cross has been notified, and the fire marshal will be on scene Sunday to start the investigation.

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