No one was injured when a town firetruck crashed Wednesday on Central Street. The rear passenger side of the truck appeared to be damaged, and the rear bumper was in the road as authorities investigated. Fire officials said icy conditions may have contributed to the crash.
A Winthrop, Ark., fire truck, summoned to a house fire Thursday morning west of Cross Roads, Ark., rolled into a pond and became submerged in the water and mud.
The fire was reported by an alarm company at 12:55 a.m. Thursday in a residence located about five miles west of Cross Roads near Arkansas Highway 234. The owner works out of town and no one was at home when the fire started.
The firefighters were prepared to spray water on the fire when the 1985 model pumper truck started rolling into the pond and sank.
“We’re not sure what happened or why the fire truck started rolling into the pond,” said Winthrop Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Miller, who is also a first responder.
“We had pulled the hoses and were fixing to start spraying water when the truck rolled forward and went into the pond,” Miller said.
The house was engulfed when Winthrop, Foreman and Alleene fire departments arrived.
The first person to arrive at the fire was Little River County Deputy John Blagg, said Sheriff Bobby Walraven.
Blagg got inside the house and was using a fire extinguisher to suppress the fire but had to exit the house because of the smoke, Walraven said.
Baker Wrecker Service removed the fire truck from the pond Thursday afternoon.
Miller said the removal was difficult.
“We appreciate Baker Wrecker Service for their help. It was hard to get the truck out of the pond,” he said.
“We (are) fortunate no one got hurt,” Miller said.
The operator had jumped off the fire truck when it started rolling and was unharmed.
“I want to thank all of the fire departments who came and helped us. It was 21 degrees,” he said.
The fire truck was insured.
“Hopefully that will help us with repairs to the truck,” he said.
Miller said the cause will be investigated to determine what caused the fire and the fire truck accident.
A James City County (Virginia) Firefighter has been charged with reckless driving after police say he failed to obey a red light while driving an engine company, causing a crash with a septic truck. The crash injuring four people, one seriously, including himself. Firefighter Christopher D’Annibale, 32, was driving the engine to a structure fire last Sunday when the engine was hit by that septic truck in an intersection.
The fire apparatus was entering the intersection, responding to the fire, when the septic truck hit it. The septic truck was traveling through the intersection, and had a green light…the fire apparatus had a red light.
Although the fire apparatus had its lights and sirens activated, the truck is still required to “yield the right of way at traffic signals” according to the cops.
It was confirmed the intersection has an Opticom – a device that automatically changes the traffic lights in favor of the emergency vehicle entering the intersection. Despite the Opticom, officials confirmed the septic truck still had the green light and the fire apparatus did not at the time of the crash. Officials could not comment about the Opticom’s function during the Sunday crash, but said in general, the system is a “tool” used by firefighters, but not “something we ultimately depend on.”
The crash is also under internal investigation by the JCCFD.
Another tough reminder to us all regarding response, vehicle control and intersections.
A Duxbury firefighter was hospitalized following a vehicle crash on Thursday.
Fire officials say Duxbury Fire Department Car 3 crashed on Harrison St. while responding to a reported building fire.
The Firefighter was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth.
Police say the injuries are minor.
Fire officials say the crash came while crews were responding to two separate water rescues.
The Keenesburg firefighter who sustained serious injuries when the fire truck he was riding in collided with an empty semi on Interstate 76 between Roggen and Wiggins has been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home, a fire department administrator said.
Jeremiah Schweitzer, 30, was riding in a Southeast Weld Fire Protection District fire truck that was navigating to an accident when the collision with the semi occurred.
Trooper Josh Lewis of Colorado State Patrol said Wednesday that the now-complete crash report states the fire truck was heading eastbound on Interstate 76 and slowing to make a right turn onto an access road at the time of the crash.
State patrol had previously reported that the fire truck was moving to turn around after receiving updated crash information from a dispatcher.
Lewis said the crash report states the semi failed to yield the right of way to the fire truck. The right front side of the fire truck ultimately hit the left front side and left side of the semi.
Both the driver of the semi and the driver of the fire truck received citations for careless driving causing injury, Lewis said.
District Administrative Assistant Irene Burke said the fire truck’s driver, 37-year-old Ryan Alexander, also sustained minor injuries but has since returned to duty as a firefighter.
Burke said the citation Alexander received did not prevent him from returning to duty.
Two other firefighters were also in the truck at the time of the crash but did not sustain injuries, Burke said.
The driver of the semi, 24-year-old James Goodale, was not injured.
Lewis said everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash.
Burke said the fire truck involved in the crash was rendered undriveable and has been “shipped off for repairs or replacement.”
However, she said the Southeast Weld Fire Protection District is now operating as normal with other department firefighters taking Schweitzer’s shifts.