A 19-year-old Dale City man was killed Monday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Featherstone Road in Woodbridge when the compact car he was driving was struck broadside by a 20-ton fire truck responding to a call.
Robert E. Martin III, of the 1300 block of Kurtz Road, was pronounced dead at Potomac Hospital less than an hour after the accident. Prince William County police said Martin's 1974 Pinto was going through the intersection when it was rammed by a truck from the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department, which was running a red light with its sirens and horns going.
Martin, who apparently was headed for a nearby restaurant, had slowed and then accelerated as he tried to avoid the oncoming truck, police said.
Police said fireman Henry John Neyhouse, 21, applied brakes after seeing the vehicle in the intersection but was unable to stop before hitting the car. The truck skidded 100 feet and then dragged the car about 300 feet down the roadway, police said. Both the car and the driver were pinned beneath the truck.
The accident happened about two miles from the Garfield police station, where the truck was headed, responding to a call that turned out to be a small fire in an overhead light fixture.
Neyhouse was treated for mild shock at Potomac Hospital and released. Fireman David Staver, who was aboard the truck, was uninjured. Police said investigation of the accident is continuing.