Fire engine driver loses control after van jumps stop sign, hits rear of truck

Three of the injured people were discharged after being treated for light injuries as the day went on, but last night five remained in various clinics across Palma. According to 061 emergency service sources, the accident happened just after 6am along the main road, the Via Asima, though the industrial estate. The Palma fire brigade fire truck, with six fire fighters aboard, had just been called out to respond to a fire in a Palma bar when the accident happened. As it rushed to the scene, heading from the fire station to the motorway, a van failed to give way at a stop sign at the calle Gremi Fuster junction, crashing into the rear of the fire truck. The driver of the fire engine was unable to keep control of the truck, which was heading in the direction of a parked baker's delivery van. The fire engine driver, Miguel Alorda, said later that he tried to regain control of the truck, but as he did, the truck flipped over and screeched some 50 metres down the road on its side, damaging a number of parked cars, as well as nearly crushing the baker's van. Alorda suffered the worst of the injuries and the drivers of the van which jumped the stop sign and the delivery van were also being treated in hospital last night. Local Police have launched a full investigation.


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