Dallas firefighters say bad information delayed response to fatal crash

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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:48 PM

DALLAS — Why did it take Dallas firefighters almost nine minutes to respond to Friday morning's fiery crash on the North Central Expressway service road that killed two men?

After examining the records, Dallas Fire-Rescue said they were pointed in the wrong direction by witnesses who called 911.

"Our real challenge in this situation was actually getting good information," said fire department spokesman Lt. Joel Lavender. "We were initially dispatched to southbound Central at Lemmon... then we were dispatched to on the freeway before Lemmon going northbound. The actual incident actually turned out to be northbound on the service road."

DFR said their trucks used Woodall Rogers Freeway to get easier access to Central Expressway south of Lemmon Avenue, which was the initial location called in.

Nothing was found there, so the firefighters went north to Haskell Avenue, then looped around back to Hall Street before finding the burning car on the access road at 1:34 a.m Friday.

Driver Joshua Armstead, 25, and 19-year-old passenger Trey Pupenbroke died in the crash. Two others were pulled from the flaming wreckage.

Police said Armstead had been speeding and lost control.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said firefighters likely didn't see smoke or flames since they were on the highway, which is below street level.

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