Driver dies after hitting Arlington fire engine along Interstate 20

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a fatality accident involving an Arlington fire engine that occurred overnight Saturday.

Arlington firefighters and police officers were on scene of a first crash along eastbound I-20 near the Center Street bridge when the fatal accident occurred.

According to police, an Arlington fire engine was blocking the left lane and inside shoulder of the highway while crews cleared up a rollover crash. As emergency responders cleared up the scene, a vehicle traveling in the left lane failed to move over and struck the rear of the firetruck. The emergency lights were activated and on at the time of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle was transported by Arlington EMS to Medical City Arlington where he was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as a 27-year-old man from Grand Prairie.

It is a common procedure to dispatch at least two fire engines to highway incidents. This response allows one firetruck to act as a blocker to the scene in an effort to protect responders working on the highway. It is important to slow down and move over when passing emergency vehicles, especially on the highway.