Video recordings released Friday show a Kansas City fire truck entering the intersection against a red light with its lights and sirens on in a fatal crash that killed three people last December.
Pump 19, responding to a house fire, did not appear to slow before entering the intersection of Westport Road and Broadway Boulevard, where it slammed into a Honda CRV driven by 41-year-old Jennifer San Nicolas.
The collisions sent the SUV and pumper into parked cars and struck a pedestrian before crashing into an apartment building at 4048 Broadway Blvd. The building, which once housed the Riot Room and was unoccupied, collapsed onto Pumper 19 and the CRV.
San Nicolas was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his SUV, Michael Elwood, 25, was found dead with Tami Knight, 41, in the rubble the following day. All three victims were from Kansas City.
No firefighters were injured in the accident.
Video recordings show five different views of the accident. In a view looking south on Broadway, the fire truck can be seen heading north on Broadway as it approaches the intersection. Meanwhile, San Nicolas’ SUV heads west on Westport.
Video shows the light had turned red for traffic on Broadway 17 seconds before the crash.
Meanwhile, one of the views shows a couple walking down the street and appearing to be about to get into a car when the accident occurs. Seconds later, one is struck as the fire engine and SUV slam into three parked cars and crash into the building. Part of the facade of the building collapses on the fire truck.
Family members sued the Kansas City Fire Department, alleging the fire truck driver was negligent, including running a red light, not yielding to the right of way and traveling too fast for them. terms.
Shortly before the collision, a dispatcher told the fire truck crew to “stand down” and “stay in quarters.”