Burning tow truck crashes into fire truck

SAN DIEGO – A tow truck caught fire and rolled backward until it crashed into a fire truck in University City Wednesday.

Video taken from a nearby high-rise building on La Jolla Village Drive showed flames shooting from the tow truck. Then the truck slowly rolled backward into a fire truck that was positioned to block traffic.

The crash happened around 11:20 a.m. The engine suffered only cosmetic damage, San Diego Fire-Rescue's Mónica Munoz confirmed. No one was injured.

Spencer Kerrigan was driving near the Crate and Barrel in UTC when the fiery tow truck started moving.

“The fire truck shows up and it parks to block traffic, and all the sudden the tow truck starts going backwards on fire! Fireman jumps out of the way and yells to move the truck but not in time,” Kerrigan stated. “I just missed the video of it rolling, but then the Jennings tow truck nails the firetruck!”

Traffic was diverted away from the area until crews could clear the scene.

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