engine wrecks in Bradford Co. PA
By Chief Kim D. Jennings
Canton Fire Chief Kim D. Jennings reports
that on Thursday January 15, 2004 at approximately 11:05 AM Canton Fire
Department Engine 2, a 2001 Spartan E-ONE, crashed while returning from
a mutual aid call to Franklindale Fire Department in Franklin Twp.
The apparatus was returning to the Canton
station traveling on Rt 414 West Bound in Leroy Twp. when the vehicle left
the north berm of the roadway and went into a ditch. The driver negotiated
it back on to the highway and tried to regain control. The truck then proceded
to strike a embankment and back onto the road and again the driver trying
to regain it managed to avoid oncoming traffic and turned back into the
The rig then slammed the bank and came
to rest resting completely across the roadway. There were 6 fireman in
the truck which were all transported to Troy Community Hospital for evaluation.
Two firefightgerssuffered minor injuries and the others were just shook
The personnel in the accident met with
Guthrie Endless Mountain CISM team. The incident is being investigated
by PA State Police and no cause has been determined at this time.
The roadway was very slick do to recent
snowfall and extremely cold temperatures. The truck had a problem with
the air brake system just prior to the accident due to the air system freezing
while at a working structure fire. It is initially believed the the apparatus
The chief would like to thank all the Firefighters
that assisted at the scene including Franklindale Fire Department for Assisting
at the scene, Chief Roy Vargson of Troy Fire Department, Chief Dick Fulmer
of South Creek Fire Department, Western Alliance EMS, Assistant Chief Patrick
Wrisley of East Smithfield Fire Department, Bradford County 911 Personnel
for thier concern and assistance which included a Canton Fireman and anyone
that called with concerns for the personnel and the offers for loaner equipment.