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January 16, 2004


Fire 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 embankment. 

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 up. 

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 is totalled.

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.