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A fire truck struck and killed a man early Sunday morning -- a rare accident that left police with a mystery.
Police spokesman Const. Robert Carver said the man was lying in the middle of the road before the fire rescue truck hit him. Police don't know why -- was the man intoxicated, ill, or the victim of a prior hit and run?
"This was a really tragic occurrence," said Carver.
The accident happened at about 4:20 a.m., when the fire truck was heading eastbound down Redwood Avenue near Powers Street en route to an emergency call.
The truck had its lights flashing and sirens blaring and a car in front of the truck pulled off to the right to allow firefighters to pass.
It was then the fire truck's driver saw something on the dark, wet roadway and tried to brake. It wasn't until after the impact firefighters realized they had hit someone.
Carver said the man was alive before the impact but suffered "incredibly traumatic injuries."
He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Carver said because victims typically are not officially declared dead until they reach the hospital, it is possible the man had actually died at the scene.
The man was in his late 40s.
Police have identified him but were not releasing his name Sunday pending notification of next of kin.
Carver said there were few witnesses and they are interviewing the driver of the car that pulled over.
"He did exactly what was expected of him," said Carver.
Carver said police believe the driver did not have anything to do with the man in the street.
Early Sunday morning, roughly 20 yellow identification tags were on the street marking evidence and a single athletic shoe lay in the wet roadway nearby.