Four German Firefighters Killed in Crash

Updated: 06-20-2006 09:35:34 AM

The Associated Press

Four German firemen were killed when their fire engine crashed as they rushed to what turned out be a training exercise, police said Tuesday.

The firemen from the small town of Wolmirstedt, near the eastern city of Magdeburg, were alerted Monday evening that a fire had broken out at a kindergarten in a nearby town. They were not told that it was an exercise, police said.

The fire truck, with eight firefighters on board, collided with a van at a crossroads and turned over.

Four firemen, ranging in age from 20 to 22, were killed and the other four, along with their driver and the driver of the van, seriously injured.