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Car, fire engine collide

The fire engine crew was responding to a call at St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church on Old Frontier Road when the accident occurred.  - Photo by Ken Nilson
The fire engine crew was responding to a call at St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church on Old Frontier Road when the accident occurred.
— image credit: Photo by Ken Nilson

A Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue engine had to be hauled away on a tow truck Tuesday morning after it was involved in a collision with a 1996 Dodge Neon at the intersection of Anderson Hill and Provost roads in Silverdale.

The fire engine was en route to St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church at about 8:30 a.m., for a fire alarm call, when it collided with the Neon driven by 19-year-old Joseph Sweet of Seabeck. The engine was traveling north on Provost Road. Sweet was traveling eastbound on Anderson Hill Road when his car struck the driver’s side of the engine.

“I was coming through the light and I didn’t see the truck until the last second, it looked like it was slowing down and I T-boned it,” Sweet said, shortly after the accident.

A CKFR medic unit, traveling ahead of the engine, did respond to the church which turned out to be a false alarm. No injuries to the firefighters were reported. Sweet was transported to Harrison Medical Center, but only sustained a scratch on his knee and returned to the scene.

Sweet, a student at West Side Alternative High School, was on his way to class when the accident occurred.

His Neon was a total loss. The 1989 engine, however, was actually a reserve unit assigned to Station 41. It sustained minor to moderate damage that was mainly cosmetic, according to CKFR Assistant Chief Randy Billick.

The collision remains under

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