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Police: Motorcyclist critically injured colliding with York City fire engine

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
A motorcyclist was critically injured when he collided with a fire engine in York City, Sunday. 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

A motorcyclist who collided with a York City firetruck on its way to a fire call on Sunday night was not wearing a helmet and is in critical condition, according to state police.

Trooper Kelly Osborne, a state police spokesperson, said York City Police Capt. Daniel Aikey asked state police to conduct the investigation into the crash, which happened at the intersection of East Market and North Broad streets.

According to Osborne, the firetruck was on its way to a reported structure fire and was heading east on Market Street with lights and siren activated.

As it approached the intersection with Broad Street, the firetruck had the red light and slowed before starting to drive across it, Osborne said in a news release.

As the firetruck was driving through the intersection, a motorcycle heading south on Broad Street struck the truck's front driver-side tire, she said.

The motorcyclist was thrown, suffered severe injuries and was taken to York Hospital, according to Osborne.

It happened about 11:45 p.m. Sunday and involved a city fire engine, according to York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff.

A motorcyclist was critically injured when he collided with a fire engine in York City, Sunday. 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Treated patient: After the collision, the three firefighters on the truck rushed to help the injured man, according to their chief.

"They did a phenomenal job treating the patient until EMS arrived and took over care," Deardorff said.

The victim's name has so far not been released.

The three firefighters weren't hurt but were shaken up, the city's fire chief confirmed.

"We're doing what we need to do to ensure they're doing well (emotionally)," Deardorff said. "That's a concern for us. ... We'll be monitoring them."

All three firefighters are now on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing, according to the chief, who said that's "very standard" procedure and isn't a form of discipline.

A motorcyclist was critically injured when he collided with a fire engine in York City, Sunday. 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

The reported fire in the first block of North State Street,  to which crews were responding,  ended up being an unfounded call, according to Deardorff.

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No fire found: There had been a report of smoke on a roof but when firefighters arrived on scene there was no smoke or fire, he said, adding that doesn't mean it was a prank call. 

York City Police Officer Derek Hartman, the department's spokesperson, said city officers responded after the crash and secured the scene, then turned it over to state police.

Having an independent agency conduct such investigations is standard procedure and avoids any appearance of a conflict of interest, Hartman confirmed.

The York County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation, Osborne said.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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