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Texas firefighter dies after hit by vehicle during call

October 15, 2019
This undated photo provided by the San Antonio Fire Department whos veteran firefighter Greg Garza, who died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, after being struck by a commercial vehicle while responding to a call at a San Antonio hotel. Chief Charles Hood says the death appears to be an accident. (San Antonio Fire Department via AP)
This undated photo provided by the San Antonio Fire Department whos veteran firefighter Greg Garza, who died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, after being struck by a commercial vehicle while responding to a call at a San Antonio hotel. Chief Charles Hood says the death appears to be an accident. (San Antonio Fire Department via AP)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A veteran South Texas firefighter has died after being struck by a commercial vehicle while responding to a call at a San Antonio hotel.

The San Antonio Fire Department reports 49-year-old Greg Garza died Tuesday. Chief Charles Hood says the death appears to be an accident.

A department statement says firefighters were called to a Comfort Suites to assist with an electrical issue.

Hood says Garza got off a firetruck, apparently tripped or stumbled and was hit by a passing van. The driver remained at the scene.

Garza was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg offered condolences and tweeted that Garza had honorably served as a San Antonio firefighter for 17 years.