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Flames engulf, destroy fire truck after reckless driver slams into the back of the emergency vehicle

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Kristal Dixon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Cobb County fire engine was destroyed in a fiery crash Sunday along Interstate 20.

The agency said on its Facebook page that Engine 9 is a “total loss” after it was hit around 4:09 a.m. on the westbound side of the interstate between Thornton Road and Riverside Parkway.

The engine was parked at the scene of an accident when a blue sedan hit the back of the truck, which was blocking travel lanes during a traffic investigation, said Cobb police spokesman Neil Penirelli. The truck had its emergency lights activated.

Cobb County fire said the truck caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames. Additional crews were dispatched to help with the investigation into the second accident.

The first responders rescued the driver of the car that crashed into the fire truck, “despite being surrounded by heavy flames and zero water protection,” the department added.

No police officers or firefighters were injured in the collision. Penirelli said the driver of the car was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Denell Boyd, Cobb County fire spokeswoman, said the replacement value of the engine would be about $800,000. Crew members who relied on Engine 9 are currently using a reserve engine, Boyd said.

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