22 October 2019

Women dies after car collides with fire truck in Barton

| Lachlan Roberts
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ACT Policing has confirmed a woman has died after a two-vehicle accident. Photos: George Tsotsos.

A woman has died after her car collided with a fire truck in Barton this afternoon.

At around 2:09 pm, emergency services were called to the intersection of Bowen Drive and Brisbane Avenue in Barton after reports of a car accident. The woman, who was the sole occupant of the car, was cut from the vehicle and treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance paramedics.

She was taken to hospital but died a short time later as a result of her injuries.

ACT Policing’s Crash Investigation and Reconstruction Team and WorkSafe are investigating the circumstances of the collision and a report will be prepared for the coroner. It is unclear whether the fire truck was responding to an emergency at the time of the accident.

It was the fifth fatality on the ACT roads this year.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said the intersection will be closed for several hours as police begin their investigation.

“We will map the scene, we will look at speeds, speak to witnesses so it is a long process, but it is so important that we do it right because we get one shot,” Sergeant Boorman said at the scene. “I encourage people to avoid the area because the road will be blocked for some time.

“I can’t give an estimate at this stage because there is a lot of work that we have got to do.”

Sergeant Boorman said his thoughts go out to the driver’s family and the emergency personnel involved.

“Any serious collision scene is horrific but at the end of the day we have a job to do,” he said. “Our thoughts go out to the family of the driver but also I would like people to spare a thought for the emergency services personnel that are involved in the incident.”

Brisbane Avenue, Wentworth Avenue and Macquarie Street were closed for nearly six hours and were reopened just after 8 pm.

ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision.

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