Washington County firefighters responded Tuesday morning to a large vehicle fire involving two first responder agencies.

(courtesy Prairie Hill Volunteer Fire

The Brenham Fire Department was dispatched along with the Prairie Hill Volunteer Fire Department for a crash with no entrapment and a vehicle on fire that occurred around 7:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of FM 50.  Units arrived and found a two-vehicle accident with one of the vehicles fully involved.

According to DPS Sergeant Justin Ruiz, a DPS patrol vehicle was following a Washington County EMS pickup when the pickup slowed down to make a turn.  The patrol vehicle struck the rear of the pickup and caught on fire. 

Both fire departments extinguished the blaze.  Brenham units cleared the scene, while Prairie Hill firefighters remained on location for clean-up and traffic control.

The occupants of the vehicles were reported to be okay.

The call was one of four total on the day for the Brenham Fire Department.  Earlier Tuesday morning, after 7:15 a.m., units were called out to a crash with entrapment in the 4100 block of FM 2935.  They found a single vehicle that had run off the roadway and through a fence, but there was no entrapment.  Firefighters remained on scene for traffic control before being released by law enforcement.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., the department responded along with the Salem Volunteer Fire Department to FM 389 and Tigerpoint Road for a grass fire.  A small grass fire was found along the side of the roadway, but it was extinguished by a passerby.  BFD members cooled the area that burned with tank water before clearing the scene.

Just before 6 p.m., the fire department and city gas department were dispatched to the 600 block of Alma Street for a gas odor.  After checking the area for a smell or leak, the fire department was released by the gas department.

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  1. Just curious, if I had struck another vehicle from behind I would receive at the very least, a citation. Did the trooper who caused this accident receive a citation or other form of reprimand? He should have!

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