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2 killed, 12 hurt in LA prison firetruck crash

Associated Press / November 25, 2010

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LOS ANGELES — Four inmate firefighters remained hospitalized in critical condition yesterday after a head-on crash north of Los Angeles that killed a colleague and an elderly driver.

The four were among a dozen firefighters hurt Tuesday when a Subaru Forester sport utility vehicle veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 138 south of Gorman and hit a truck carrying members of the fire crew, authorities said.

Seven other inmates and an LA County firefighter who is the crew’s foreman were treated at hospitals and released, said Matt Levesque, LA County Fire Department inspector.

The crash killed inmate firefighter Fernando Sanchez, 25, who was ejected from the back of the truck.

The Subaru’s driver was identified as Milton Edward Bacon, 83, of Gardnerville, Nev.

Bacon was heading to Santa Barbara when the crash occurred, coroner’s . Captain John Kades said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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