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Woman Killed in Crash With Fire Truck Headed for Bomb Hoax

April 24, 1991

ARABI, La. (AP) _ A 71-year-old woman was killed when her car was hit by a fire truck racing to a bomb threat at a school that turned out to be a hoax, authorities said.

Yvonne Bowers of Chalmette was killed when the fire engine smashed into her car at an intersection.

Bowers did not have a stop light or sign, but the fire truck was traveling with its emergency lights flashing and sirens blaring, St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone said.

″We have responded in this parish on several times and have found bombs in different locations, so you can’t take a chance,″ he said.

The crew on the truck and an accompanying paramedic team tried to save Bowers, but failed.

The bomb threat was called in to Arabi Park Middle School, said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Daste.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the school and no bomb was found.

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