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Aerial fire truck rammed in hit-and-run

Feb. 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Police in the central Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, were hunting Monday for a minivan that struck a fire department aerial truck and then sped away.

The fire crew was on its second call to a stubborn fire at an industrial complex housing auto repair shops Sunday when the minivan drove through a fire barricade and smashed into the truck's support outriggers. The ladder was deployed but unoccupied, officials told the Winnipeg Sun.

"There's heavy damage to the aerial ladder," Winnipeg Fire Department District Chief Bruce Duncan said.

At the time, the truck was disabled because it's tires were pinned to the ground, Duncan said.

Winnipeg police spokeswoman Constable Lisa Mandziak told the Sun it wasn't immediately known if the van was stolen.

"It will probably have extensive front-end damage," she said.

No firefighters were injured by the collision, although two sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire, the report said.

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