BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A Boston fire truck slammed into a parked car in Hyde Park on Thursday night. No one was hurt in the incident, but it was a frightening reminder of a 2009 accident that killed a firefighter.
Firefighters were responding to a fire at a sign store located at 120 Business Street in Hyde Park when the accident occurred. The car was badly damaged.
FOX 25 has learned that the car belonged to a customer of Express Auto Service. It was parked with no one inside in a parking lot shared with several other businesses, including the sign store, at the time of the accident.
A Boston Fire Department spokesperson told FOX 25 on Friday that the fire engine was parked and three of the four firefighters got out. The driver then began putting the engine's pump in gear to get water moving. To do this, the driver had to step on the gas pedal. As the driver was doing this, the engine lurched forward and hit the parked car.
Fire officials say investigators are looking into whether the accident was the result of a mechanical problem or operator error. An independent certified mechanic has been called in to evaluate the pump operation mechanism for any mechanical issues.
In January 2009, Fire Lieutenant Kevin Kelley died after ladder 26 lost its brakes and drove into a Mission Hill apartment building.