One dead in crash involving Louisville fire truck on Algonquin Parkway; 4 firefighters injured

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person is dead and five injured in a crash involving a car and a Louisville Fire & Rescue fire truck.

The crash happened on Algonquin Parkway near McCloskey Avenue about 8:45 a.m. Thursday. 

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the fire truck was headed to an emergency with lights and sirens, when it collided with a green car. Mitchell says "there's a stop sign there, and obviously, the fire truck has the right of way with no traffic signals at that point.  Plus they were in emergency situation."

Timothy Frierson was driving his son to school, when he witnessed the massive hit.  He said he was still in shock. "It was almost like a bomb going off." 

Hours after the violent crash skid marks scar the street where the firetruck ran off the roadway, hit a tree and a brick sign before stopping in front of a bench. 

Loved ones gathered and grieved at the scene identifying the victim as 61-year-old Larry Carter. We're told he'd just borrowed the Mercury, a relative's car, to take the female passenger home. 

Carter's uncle, Ned Davis said his nephew was a likeable person. "He didn't bother nobody or disrespect nobody none of that," said Davis. " That's a tragedy right there."


The woman who was a passenger in the Mercury was taken to the hospital with injuries.  She is expected to be okay. 

Louisville Fire & Rescue Capt. Sal Melendez says all four fire crew members aboard the truck were taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. 

Mitchell said "The Louisville Metro Police Traffic Unit is investigating, as well as our Public Integrity Unit, which will be shadowing the case, mainly because it involved a Metro agency."

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