Pedestrian dies after fire engine overturns while responding to emergency call

A pedestrian has died after an on-duty fire engine overturned while responding to an emergency call in Hertfordshire.

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Police are now investigating the fatal accident, which happened as the fire engine was turning into Burns Road, Royston, on Wednesday night.

A statement from Hertfordshire Constabulary said it was not yet known why the vehicle lost control and overturned as it turned right.

It said: “During the incident the vehicle was in collision with a pedestrian who has sadly died from their injuries.”

“Their next of kin has been made aware and family liaison officers will be providing full support.”

“There were four occupants in the fire engine at the time of the incident and all sustained minor injuries.”

The fire engine has since been recovered and will now be examined as part of the police probe.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher, of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said it was a “tragic incident”.

He said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the member of the public who sadly died at the scene.”

“Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are working with the police to establish exactly what happened and why.”

Two firefighters were taken to hospital after the crash for precautionary checks.