Three people hit in Huddersfield by fire engine
Jan 12 2009 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Witness tried to warn victims as fire engine hits three
THE investigation into a serious accident involving a fire engine will focus on a pedestrian crossing – and why the three people hurt did not see or hear the engine coming.
A 37-year-old man is critically ill in a specialist care unit at Leeds General Infirmary after he was struck by the Huddersfield fire engine on its way to reports of a house blaze with a woman possibly trapped inside.
By a strange coincidence a fire engine from Brighouse on its way to the same call was also in an accident, but no-one was hurt.
The Huddersfield engine, manned by White Watch, had set off from Huddersfield fire station on its way to the call at Oxford Place in Lockwood – but never got there after it was involved in the serious accident at the lights-controlled pedestrian crossing on Lockwood Road close to Lockwood Bar just after 4.35pm on Saturday.
Eyewitnesses said the engine had its blue lights flashing and siren on and had gone on to the wrong side of the road to avoid traffic backing up from the lights.
But at that moment three people – the 37-year-old man and two women aged 21 and 51 – stepped out on to the crossing, possibly while the ‘red man’ – the ‘don’t cross’ warning sign – was still lit and the lights were at green for traffic.
All three were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but the man, whose identity has not been released, was later transferred to Leeds General Infirmary’s intensive care unit with serious head injuries.
He remained in a critical condition last night.