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Man injured when car strikes KC fire truck

A fast-moving car being driven with no lights plowed into a Kansas City fire truck early this morning as the truck returned from a house fire.

No firefighters were injured, but the driver of the car — a gray Buick Regal — was taken to a hospital, Kansas City Battalion Chief Joe Vitale said.

The car’s driver was seriously injured and was being treated for life-threatening injuries, said Capt. Rich Lockhart, a Kansas City police spokesman.

The crash occurred about 2:50 a.m. today near 99th Street and Hillcrest Road.

The ladder truck was returning from a fire at in the 6900 block of E. 99th Street and had stopped at a stop sign, Vitale said. As the truck proceeded through intersection, the car crested a top of the hill at a high rate of speed and with no lights on.

The car careened into the side of the fire truck, Vitale said.

“The person was really flying,” Vitale said.

The fire truck was damaged and had to be towed. The extent of the damage to the truck was still being determined and it was unknown how long it would be out of service.

The fire department, however, had a reserve truck that was put into service.

The truck involved in the crash was headed back to Station NO. 41 near the former Bannister Mall.

|Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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