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    Tucson AZ Firetruck wrecked in rollover

    Published: 07.25.2006
    $450K firetruck wrecked in rollover; 5 go to UMC
    DAVID L. TEIBEL
    Tucson Citizen
    As Tucson police investigate a crash that totaled a $450,000 firetruck, fire officials are reviewing the rollover to determine whether the crew was at fault.
    The Fire Department will task its accident review committee with looking into the crew's actions, said Capt. Paul McDonough, a department spokesman.
    All five crew members of the truck, a captain, an engineer and three firefighters, were taken to University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, McDonough said.
    The truck was headed north on North Stone Avenue about 10:50 a.m. Monday when the driver turned east on Fort Lowell Road and overturned just feet from the intersection, blocking east-west traffic, McDonough said. Police closed the intersection for hours while investigators examined the scene and heavy-duty trucks righted the engine, which was lying upside down, and towed it away.
    Another truck took care of the call that the overturned engine was responding to, McDonough said.
    The truck's "lights and siren were on. It was going fast. I'm not sure if it was trying to avoid a car or not," said Peter Cunningham, owner of Heaven Sent Auto Sales, on Stone and Fort Lowell's northeast corner.
    McDonough and police Lt. Jennifer Schroeder said reports that the firetruck driver overturned while avoiding a car had not been confirmed.
    Cunningham rushed to help the truck's crew and helped to pull the captain in command of the crew out of the cab.
    The captain was screaming in pain, Cunningham said. "I prayed with him the whole time."
    Cunningham said people passing by, police officers and other firefighters helped pull the injured from the truck as smoke billowed from the engine.
    McDonough said the truck did not catch fire, but diesel fuel spilling onto the hot engine may have caused the smoke.
    Names of the firefighters on board the truck were not released Monday.
    McDonough said the $450,000 cost of the truck includes its equipment. The 40,000-pound truck, a 1996 Quality Spartan fire engine, went into service with the department about 10 years ago, McDonough said.
    No other vehicle was hit when the truck overturned, McDonough said.
    The last time a firetruck overturned was in March 2001, when an engine going to a restaurant fire overturned at North Silverbell Road and West Speedway Boulevard.
    Four firefighters and the wife of one of them, on a ride-along, were on board. There were no serious injuries. McDonough did not know if any of the crew members were disciplined in that crash.
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    Firefighter who drove overturned fire truck cited by police

    Published: 07.25.2006
    Firefighter who drove overturned fire truck cited by police
    By DAVID L. TEIBEL
    Tucson Citizen
    The driver of a Tucson fire engine who overturned his truck while making a turn Monday was cited by police today on suspicion of failure to reduce or control speed to avoid an accident, a police spokesman said.
    The truck's driver was swerving to avoid a motorist who had stopped in the intersection of North Stone Avenue and Fort Lowell Road as the fire engine approached, said Sgt. Decio Hopffer. The car's driver left the scene Hopffer said.
    Capt. Paul McDonough, the Tucson Fire Department's spokesman said the truck was driven by Engineer Hasan Dilic, who has been with TFD for six years and an engineer for the past year.
    Dilic was headed north on Stone to Prince Road with its emergency lights and siren on, authorities said. His estimated speed was 25 mph.
    Hopffer said today that the light was red for north, south traffic and green for east, west traffic, which included the car stopped in the intersection.
    Dilic turned right onto Fort Lowell to avoid the car, began to go into a slide and overturned, ending up on its top, Hopffer said.
    McDonough said the truck did not make contact with any other vehicles when it crashed.
    The truck's five crew members were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They are Capt. Jim Saunders, Firefighter, Paramedic Keith Cubberley and firefighters Casey Tribolet and Mike Pursley.
    McDonough said Monday that the crash totalled the 10-year-old, 40,000-pound truck, valued at $450,000.

    http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/20267.php

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