Montreal firefighter crushed by rolling truck

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MONTREAL, Que. — Investigators are searching for answers after a veteran firefighter was killed when a parked truck rolled forward and crushed him against a lamp post.

Gerald Vendette, 50, a firefighter with 24 years’ experience, was working in front of the water supply truck when tragedy struck. Vendette was apparently trying to enter the cab to get to the vehicle’s brakes.

He was rushed to hospital Sunday night but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Fire chief Andre Medza says the latest inspection of the vehicle had found nothing wrong.

“Vendette was the driver and operator of the truck, which was there to furnish water for the firefighting,” says the chief. “He acted alone, and in keeping with recommended procedures.”

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