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5 Phoenix firefighters hospitalized after impaired driver runs red light

Dec 31, 2023, 11:44 AM | Updated: 3:46 pm

Mugshot of Alexis Alcantar Mendoza....

Alexis Alcantar Mendoza was booked for DUI after crashing into a firetruck early Dec. 31, 2023. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — Five Phoenix firefighters were hospitalized early Sunday after an impaired driver ran a red light and collided into a firetruck, authorities said.

The collision happened around 1 a.m. near 75th Avenue and Thomas Road, the Phoenix Police Department said.

All five firefighters and the driver of the other vehicle involved were able to self-extricate and were taken to hospitals in serious but stable condition, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

Early information suggests the driver, identified as 30-year-old Alexis Alcantar Mendoza, ran a red light and collided with the fire truck, police said.

Mendoza was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail for DUI.

An investigation into the collision is ongoing.

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5 Phoenix firefighters hospitalized after impaired driver runs red light