PA Fire Apparatus Flips and Injures Two

Four Hemlock Farms (PA) volunteer firefighters went to the hospital after their rescue truck flipped on an ice-covered road.

Two firefighters had minor injuries. The other two were sent to the hospital as a precaution and were found to have no injuries.

Hemlock Farms emergency responders were called around 5 a.m. to help Blooming Grove Fire Department with a vehicle crash on Interstate 84, said Hemlock Farms Fire Chief Richard Hall.

The 32-foot-long rescue truck, which carries equipment including extrication tools, was traveling down a hill on Hemlock Farms Road near Route 739 when the weight of the truck and the ice on the road caused the truck to start sliding.

The rescue truck driver swerved toward a ditch to miss a collision with a car and the truck tipped over, landing on its side. A heavy-duty tow truck used for large vehicles was called to upright the 1999 rig.

Hemlock Farms called the Milford ambulance to the scene to treat injured emergency workers.

But on its way to Hemlock Farms, the ambulance crew spotted a serious crash on westbound Interstate 84 near mile marker 40 and stopped to give aid.

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