Both fire trucks sustained minor, but visible damage after the town’s primary rescue truck clipped the corner of a ladder truck Friday following a busy afternoon of responses, Assistant Fire Chief T. Russell Wisner said.
Friday afternoon proved busy for members of the Southington Fire Department and
with four simultaneous calls, a miscalculated turn has left two of the town’s
fire apparatus out of service for the time being.
A ladder truck and the town’s primary rescue truck are both being appraised for
damage following an accident that occurred when the rescue truck clipped the
front end of the second while leaving the department to respond to a medical
call, Assistant Chief T. Russell Wisner said.
“The rescue truck pulled out and when it made a right hand turn, it caught the
corner of the other truck,” Wisner said. “It did sustain damage to the right
side, but we have already ordered parts. The trucks will need to be retested to
see if any other repairs are needed.”
the trucks were both parked on the apron directly in front on the department at 310 N. Main St. when the accident occurred.
The damage is not believed to be terribly costly, but an insurance adjuster was
on scene Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage, Wisner said. Estimated
costs were not available Tuesday.
Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the department has remained in
touch with officials since the incident and have documented progress. A smaller
rescue truck and the primary ladder up and running while the others are out of
Wisner said despite rumors, the incident was reported to police and officials
including Brumback and fire commissioners were all notified within an hour of
the incident. The only reason for any delay, he said, was due to a house fire
occurring at the same time as the incident.
“Nothing here is a secret. We have collected information and filed reports as
soon as possible,” he said.
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