HUBBARD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Six firefighters were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the fire truck they were riding in crashed in Hubbard Township early Wednesday morning.
The Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the Eagle Joint Fire District firefighters were responding to a call just after 1 a.m. when the truck went off westbound Chestnut Ridge Road just west of Wick Campbell Road, hitting a culvert, ditch, mailbox and a tree. The truck was not running its lights or siren.
The vehicle was being driven by Thomas Gregory, 60, of Hubbard. He was charged with failure to maintain reasonable control.
Life Fleet ambulances and the Brookfield Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. The firefighters were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center for treatment and were later released, according to Eagle Joint Fire District Fire Chief Ron Stanish.
Stanish said speed was not a factor in the crash, as the call that the firefighters were responding to was a non-emergency report of an open burning complaint. He said Gregory is receiving no additional disciplinary action, other than the citation, as the crash was accidental.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said the firefighters were lucky.
The fire truck, however, was not so lucky.
“There was a considerable amount of damage to the truck, obviously leaving the roadway, striking the culvert, etc. That’s a lot of damage,” Holt said.
Stanish said the truck was heavily damaged, but repairs needed are still being assessed.