Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Saturday, January 30, 2010
On Tuesday, she was standing on a median strip on a road to allow a fire truck to pass through. As the truck passed, the fire hose attached to it dislodged and was left dragging behind the vehicle; the elderly woman was struck in the knees by the trailing hose. According to Cambridge Police, Gertrude died in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert of Cambridge Police stated, "[w]e do know the hose is 200 feet long and we believe that the hose was completely off the truck and being dragged at the time it struck."
An investigation is underway. The police have said that, at present, they are unable to determine the cause of the loose hose. Gertrude was said to be unable to get out of the way in time. Elanor Raniri, who lives in the same apartment complex as Gertrude, said, "[s]he was very special. It's unbelievable. It's hard to take in."
- AP. "Woman dies after freak fire hose mishap" — , January 29, 2010
- "Loose Fire Hose Kills 82-Year-Old Woman" — , January 29, 2010
- Keba Arnold. "Woman, 82, killed by swinging fire hose in Cambridge" — , January 29, 2010