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Fire tender involved in wreck responding to grass fire

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-20 22:46:59-05

EL PASO COUNTY, Colorado — Colorado State Troopers are investigating a serious injury crash involving a fire tender from the Simla Fire Department and an SUV. The crash happened sometime around 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Harrisville Road and Ramah Highway south of the town of Calhan.

A man and a woman in the in SUV were injured. She was flown to the hospital in a medical helicopter, he was transported in an ambulance. No firefighters were injured in the crash.

The fire tender was headed towards a grass fire that burned 80 acres near Ramah Highway and Judge Orr Road. Firefighters from Tri-County Fire Department say that two homes were in the path of the flames but they were able to stop about 50 yards away.

Fire crews from Simla, Calhan, and Ellicott Fire Districts all helped to battle the flames.
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