Fire engine hits pickup truck in Bonsall area

Posted at 8:44 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 21:09:40-04

BONSALL, Calif. - A firefighter was injured Thursday when a fire engine collided with a pickup truck while en route to a brush fire in the Bonsall area.

The North County Fire Protection District engine's lights and siren were on when it was struck by a pickup truck that had just rear-ended a box truck hauling a wood chipper on Old Highway 395 near Camino Del Rey around 7:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

The driver of the 2003 Ford F-650 box truck was attempting to yield for the fire engine at the time, he said. The initial crash sent the Toyota Tundra pickup into the fire truck, which then went into a ditch, Bettencourt said. The driver told 10News he could not see the fire truck because a trailer in front of him was so big.

One of the three firefighters aboard suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, the officer said.  He has since been released from the hospital.  He has been a firefighter for more than 20 years. 

On Wednesday, a San Diego Fire-Rescue engine responding to a call collided with a car in City Heights, sending at least two people to the hospital.