Terrell man arrested after striking Forney Fire Department engine working vehicle fire


FORNEY, Texas — A Terrell man was arrested Monday afternoon after striking a Forney Fire Department engine on U.S. Highway 80 that was blocking for a vehicle fire.

Just after 5 p.m., firefighters from the Forney Fire Department and Terrell Volunteer Fire Department responded to eastbound U.S. Highway 80 just west of the Spur 557 interchange for a vehicle fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a fully-involved vehicle fire on the shoulder of eastbound U.S. Highway 80.

While the fire engine was maneuvering to block for the vehicle fire, it was struck by another vehicle, according to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on scene. Troopers say the vehicle was previously seen by witnesses weaving in and out of traffic just prior to the crash and was attempting to pass the engine when it struck its front left bumper.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving while intoxicated, troopers said. The driver was later identified as 38-year-old Dennis Harris of Terrell, Texas, according to an incident report obtained by inForney.com.

No injuries were reported in the crash. The fire engine sustained minor damage.

Eastbound U.S. Highway 80 was closed at Windmill Farms Boulevard and diverted onto the service road where a two-vehicle crash was reported in the traffic backup.

Firefighters extinguished the vehicle fire and the Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the dire. The vehicle’s owner was not on scene at the time of the fire.