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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — WJZ reviewed the emergency dispatch calls that came out just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a fire truck collided with a dirt bike rider in Southwest Baltimore’s Carrollton Ridge neighborhood at Pratt and Payson. It was initially reported as a pedestrian struck.

Witnesses told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren the rider was dragged several feet. His shoe was left in the middle of West Pratt Street. “He was just riding down the street for real. I guess he wasn’t paying attention.”

The fire truck was yanking on the horn and ran straight into him. His head was under the tire. It dragged him across the whole street,” said one eyewitness who spoke on camera but declined to give his name.

A witness to last night’s deadly collision in SW Baltimore between a fire truck and a dirt bike describes what happened and how the young man was dragged. @wjz pic.twitter.com/va9RuF9iDh

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) October 22, 2021

“The truck had its siren on?” Hellgren asked. “It was hitting the horns. Definitely doing its job,” the witness said. He noted loved ones showed up almost immediately. “Once we told them that was him under that white sheet, they started to break down crying.”

“This was something I’ve been saying for years was going to happen, and I don’t like to be right in these situations” Brittany Young from B-360 spoke to me today about the death of a dirt bike rider who collided with a fire truck last night. https://t.co/UxqkJDCItD. @wjz pic.twitter.com/Gk9yyaUBjg

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) October 22, 2021

Another witness told Hellgren the scene was gruesome, something he will never forget.


Video: Loved Ones Grieving After A Dirt Biker Collides With A Fire Truck (CBS Baltimore)

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