Burning Mountains Fire board awaits crash test results
SILT – Board members of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District are still waiting on the results of an independent study regarding a fire truck and train collision that occurred on March 25.A 20-year-old volunteer firefighter, Austin Coryell, was giving a ride to a couple and their 3-year-old son, when it was struck by the train while crossing the tracks at the south Frontage Road to U.S. Highway 6, just east of Coal Ridge High School. Coryell and the passengers all say they never saw the train coming. Nobody was injured in the accident.However, the public has questioned whether Coryell had permission from fire chief Brit McLin to give the ride as well as why the lights and bells at the crossing were not seen or heard.The fire board is holding its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Silt Fire Station. The meeting is public, but the accident is not on the agenda for discussion until the board has had time to review the results of the independent investigation done by the Aspen Fire Department.”Our hands are absolutely tied until we see that report,” board member Mary Hagger said. “This was a very, very serious happening, but until we have all the facts, we can’t say anything. We do support our department and our chief.”According to board member Adria Milton, the report was completed on Friday, but the board has not yet seen it. “There are a number of things we’re waiting on,” Milton said. “The public can ask questions at the meeting, but we can’t say anything.”The board is also looking into a reported study that was done by the Colorado State Patrol on the safety of the train crossing, which was conducted while Coal Ridge High School was being built, Milton said.The accident is expected to be on the agenda at the next board meeting on May 15.”We will be reviewing our policies and procedures and going over them with a fine-tooth comb,” Milton said.
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