Second victim dies following Saturday crash between Denver fire truck, sedan

A second victim in a Saturday crash in which a Denver fire truck T-boned a car has died, Denver police confirmed Thursday.

The victim, a woman who authorities have not yet identified, died at the hospital. The crash happened at the intersection of East Speer Boulevard and North Broadway, killing the driver of the sedan, 38-year-old Monica Charles, and leaving another person critically injured.

The fire crew was responding to an emergency call about smoke in a building and had their emergency lights and sirens on when the fire truck struck the driver’s side of a small two-door sedan with three people inside, Capt. Greg Pixley said. The sedan was traveling south on North Broadway, and the fire truck was headed northwest on Speer.

After the collision, the firefighters immediately “recognized the severity” of the crash and began working to free victims from the sedan and provide care, said Denver Fire Chief Desmond Fulton.

Fulton promised transparency into the crash investigation. Investigators are looking into whether the fire truck’s system for changing traffic lights was working and whether the light at the intersection had changed to green as the fire crew approached.

Denver police, who are conducting the investigation, had no additional information available as of Thursday morning.

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