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Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

The Local · 12 Jul 2012, 15:53

Published: 12 Jul 2012 15:53 GMT+02:00

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The crash occurred on Thursday afternoon outside of Söderbärke in Dalarna, according to police reports.

One of the firefighters who died is a man in his thirties. The other firefighter died later in the afternoon.

The other three firefighters, one of which is a woman, have minor injuries, according to Lars Andersson with emergency services in Dalarna.

The two firefighters who died had been trapped following the accident.

All of the firefighters involved in the accident worked part time for the fire department.

The accident occurred just after midday on Thursday when the fire engine passed another truck and lost control.

“Opposite is a ravine that is seven metres deep. They went straight through the fence there and directly down, so that the vehicle was hit around and ended up at the bottom of the ravine,” said Lars Andersson.

The Smedjebacken municipality has set up a support group for counseling, offering people a place to gather for support.

The group contains support personnel and counsellers from the Swedish church and the police.

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Meanwhile, the police have begun a forensic investigation into the crash.

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Your comments about this article

19:33 July 12, 2012 by ZenMonk
How sad! may their souls RIP...
23:08 July 12, 2012 by Keith #5083
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

We rely so much, so much, on public servants such as these.Part-timers with a full-time social conscience and a willingness to risk their own lives to help others.

We have all lost two precious people today!
09:50 July 13, 2012 by sarcastrix
Tragic accident - RIP
10:34 July 13, 2012 by NyDag
rip heroes ...
10:40 July 13, 2012 by newswede
Sorry to read this. All the more reason there should be a road law requiring motorists to pull over for emergency vehicles. That and against mobile phone use.
10:51 July 13, 2012 by azimuth
So sad, RIP... they could 've rescued so many lifes...
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