AT 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING, ERMANNO FOSSATI, 52, died while working an auto accident after being struck by a fire department vehicle.
Fossati was at the scene of a wreck on an icy mountain road with poor visibility when a light truck-type vehicle bringing more firefighters to the scene started sliding on the roadway and crashed into the accident scene, killing him immediately.
Ermanno Fossati, who was born in Finale Ligure (Savona) August 29, 1957, was appointed to the Vigili del Fuoco on March 22, 1984 and assigned to the Provincial Command of Imperia. On 1 January 1995 had assumed the title of team leader and from 1 August 1996 was assigned to the Provincial Command of Savona. On 1 January 2006 he was promoted to Crew Leader. He was expecting to retire in less than 4 months, on April 26, 2011. Fossati leaves his wife and two children, Richard of 22 years, a volunteer firefighter, and Doris, aged 18.
The local prosecutor has opened an investigation that will begin this morning when the accident team will revisit the site and he is pending charges of manslaughter against three individuals, the driver of the car who wrecked and called the FD; the driver of the fire department vehicle; and the FD supervisor who permitted the truck to respond when it was deemed unfit for snow and ice driving conditions.
This video report from IVG taken at the scene documents the challenging road conditions:
The Vigili del Fuoco website reports on the accident HERE.
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