Crown Victoria Fires
(05-07) 08:11 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators are likely to find that a fuel leak, an electrical short or the ignition of something flammable in the cabin or trunk caused a limousine blaze that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge, experts on vehicle fires said Monday.
Authorities looking into Saturday’s fire revealed little Monday, but said the 1999 Lincoln Town Car with nine women aboard had not been in a crash before flames spread from its rear. They said road debris did not appear to be a factor.
BY DAN NAKASO
THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
Rounds of live ammunition exploded Saturday night inside police officer Garret Davis’ burning Ford Crown Victoria, a police cruiser the Center for Auto Safety calls a “death trap for officers in rear-end collisions.”
By Pat Beall
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The last minutes of trooper Patrick Ambroise’s short life were spent in a Crown Victoria Police Interceptor – a car praised for its strength, hailed for its durability and known to explode in high-speed rear-end crashes .
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A woman under arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was fatally burned Wednesday when a car slammed into the back of a parked Arizona highway patrol cruiser in which she was seated, igniting both vehicles and another cruiser in front, authorities said.
Lt. James Warriner, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, said both DPS Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors were equipped with fire suppression systems that deployed, according to a preliminary investigation.
Posted: May 17th, 2010 05:13 AM EDT
HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. —
A Florida Highway Patrol officer was killed in a fiery crash on the turnpike Saturday night.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Trooper Patrick Ambroise was parked in his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on the right shoulder near the Okeechobee interchange, when his cruiser was hit in the back by a black Lexus.
Both vehicles caught fire and Ambroise was unable to get out. He died at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus was identified as 19-year-old Jonathan Robert Garcia from Miramar.
Jun. 3, 2009
by Maria Polletta – Jun. 3, 2009
The Arizona Republic
A DUI suspect sitting in the back of a Department of Public Safety patrol car was killed when another car slammed into the vehicle, leaving the patrol car in flames on a Tucson highway early Wednesday morning.
By Denise Dick
Thursday, June 5, 2008
BOARDMAN Township police officers have another line of defense against injury during rear-end cruiser collisions.
The department bought 10 vehicular fire protection systems, called FIRE Panels, to install over the gas tanks of the Ford Crown Victoria cruisers. Each panel, a polymer shell containing a fire suppression powder, costs $495. The money is coming from the department’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund, cash seized during drug and other investigations.
By Joe Hadsall
The Joplin Globe
A Joplin family’s trip to Dallas ended in tragedy Sunday when the car was struck by a tractor-trailer and caught fire.
Killed in the crash were Robert Hayes, 52, his wife, Melissa, 41, and sons Tyler, 15, and Colby, 14.
Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor (Okla.) Police Department said witnesses reported that the Hayes vehicle stopped about 1:15 p.m. for a traffic light at U.S. Highway 69 and Southeast 49th Street.
By ALEX BRANCH
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
FORT WORTH — A 34-year-old Fort Worth police officer with two young daughters died early Sunday when his patrol car was rear-ended and burst into flames along Interstate 35W.
Officer Dwayne Freeto was pronounced dead at the scene. He had responded to a stranded motorist call on southbound I-35W at Morningside Drive around 3:45 a.m.