Massachusetts Woman Dies After Being Struck by Fire Hose

February 2, 2010

An 82-year-old Massachusetts woman struck by a fire hose that had come loose from a Cambridge fire engine that was responding to call has died.

Cambridge police says Gertrude King died Thursday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital, two days after she was struck behind the knees by the hose while standing on a median strip in Central Square to allow the fire engine to pass.

Police say the hose had somehow become dislodged and was dragging behind the truck. King was struck last Tuesday morning as the engine turned a corner.

Cambridge police and the Middlesex district attorney’s office are investigating and are asking witnesses to come forward.

The Cambridge Fire Department is reviewing inspection logs as part of the investigation

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