Driver Hospitalized After Car Hits Cedar Rapids Fire Truck

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

A car struck a fire truck Tuesday morning near the intersection of F Avenue and First Street NW in Cedar Rapids. (Lee Hermiston/The Gazette)


By Richard Pratt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A man was hospitalized Tuesday morning after hitting a Cedar Rapids fire engine.

Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said police are still investigating the incident, which occurred around 9:15 a.m., but what's clear at this time is the driver hit the fire engine at the intersection of First Street and F Avenue NW.

Hamblin said the engine was on its way back to Station 1 and did not have its sirens activated. Police are still trying to determine what direction the driver of the car was coming from, though it appears he was driving the wrong way on F Avenue.

The driver, 62-year-old Carl Burse, was initially handcuffed and placed under arrest, but was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital via area ambulance. Burse faces charges of driving with a suspended license and going the wrong way down a one-way street.

Northbound lanes of First Street were closed while officials processed the scene, but the intersection has since reopened.
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