Ford faces the death penalty during the sentencing phase of his trial, which begins Monday morning.
The crash was reported about 7:15 p.m.; it happened between Scottdale and the village of Alverton.
"It was boom, boom, boom. It was quick."
The woman's name has not yet been released.
The fire academy has been questioned in the past for pushing firefighters too hard.
Both firefighters were evaluated and did not sustain any major injuries, and then they went right back to work.