A Warren County volunteer firefighter was rushed this morning to the hospital after he fell from a moving firetruck, authorities said.
Belvidere‘s Goodwill Fire Company No. 1 was responding to a fire alarm when Joseph Peters tumbled out of the truck along Water Street in White Township, according to New Jersey State Police.
The 28-year-old Peters was badly injured and taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill for treatment of a possible head injury, state police spokesman Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.
Peters appeared to be sitting inside the truck and was attempting to put on his equipment when his arm accidentally hit a door latch, police said. The door swung open and the Belvidere man fell, police said.
Emergency logs from the Warren County Communications Center indicate the truck was responding to a fire alarm at Knowlton Township Elementary School.
State police were dispatched at 11:19 a.m. to reports of an accident. Peters was conscious and alert when troopers arrived, Williams said.
A medical helicopter was on standby but later cancelled and Peters was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
An assistant chief from the volunteer fire company declined comment today, citing the ongoing investigation.
One lane of Water Street near Orchard Street was briefly closed as emergency crews responded the scene.