Driver dead after crashing head on into a Cleveland fire truck

Driver dead after crashing into a fire truck
Posted at 6:18 AM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 12:26:17-04

Two separate crashes with Cleveland fire trucks left a driver dead and a firefighter injured.

Cleveland fire officials tell News 5 that ladder 30 was returning to their station around 12:20 a.m. Monday when they were hit head-on at East 103rd Street and St. Clair Avenue which is just feet from their Station at 10225 St. Clair Avenue. 

The ladder truck was in the curb lane going with the flow of traffic and not responding to an emergency call, according to firefighters.

Angel Jones, 41, of Warrensville Heights, was driving a 2001 Nissan in the eastbound lane of St. Clair Avenue, traveling above the posted 25 mph speed limit. 

For reasons unknown, Jones suddenly crossed the center of the road into the westbound lane of St. Clair Avenue. The Nissan accelerated towards a fire truck before coming to a stop in the westbound lane of St. Clair Avenue and E. 103rd Street.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A Cleveland firefighter was taken by Cleveland EMS to the hospital and was said to be alert and talking.

Police said the driver crossed the center of the road and sped up toward the fire truck.

The other crash happened around 9:50 p.m. Sunday when a driver crashed into the back of Ladder 39 on I-90 east near the Warren Road exit. That fire truck was blocking lanes for police and tow truck operators while they cleaned up an earlier crash. No one was injured in that collision according to Cleveland Fire.