An out-of-control fire engine rammed through a gate and crashed into a Mission Hill apartment building, killing a firefighter and seriously injuring another. The firefighter sitting in the driver’s seat died instantly, while the severely injured firefighter was transported to Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was treated for a head injury. Two more sustained minor injuries and were treated at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston.
A nurse who had just parked his car on his way to work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital rushed to aid the injured passengers. “It was a mess, he told the Boston Globe. I’m a little overwhelmed by it all. I just think it was an instinctual thing to help.”
City officials speaking to the Globe on condition of anonymity said that the fire truck’s breaks may have failed, though the cause of the fire truck has not been confirmed. That same truck was involved in a traffic accident on December 10, but city officials determined that the driver who had crashed into the truck was at fault.