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Two killed in crash with Akron fire truck; 3 firefighters suffer minor injuries

AKRON, Ohio-- Two people were killed in a crash with an Akron fire truck Friday afternoon.

It happened at about 3:45 p.m. West Exchange Street and Rhodes Avenue. Akron police said an SUV ran a red light and hit the fire truck. That account was confirmed by independent witnesses.

Eight people were hurt, including three firefighters. The firefighters' injuries were minor.

Akron police said a 16-year-old girl was among those killed. The conditions of the others inside the SUV are unknown at this time. Some were taken to Akron Children's Hospital.

The fire truck, which did not have lights or sirens activated, was en route to training.

Mayor Dan Horrigan and Fire Chief Clarence Tucker issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by this truly tragic incident. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers
are with the families and loved ones of the victims and all individuals involved, including the
three members of our Fire Department.

The City is conducting a full investigation into the events surrounding this accident and will
provide additional information to the public as it is known. We encourage residents to await accurate information from the authorities regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident, and to join us in lifting up those affected in their thoughts and prayers.”

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