Three firefighters working in a tower truck were sent to the hospital after a frightening plunge.
The victims were in the bucket on a rig from the Belle Valley (LA) Fire Department, about 70 feet up, installing new equipment on a radio tower when the ladder started retracting in what was described as a “rapid descent.”
Firefighters at the scene say a cable snapped and the ladder’s descent lasted about fifty feet before coming to a sudden stop.
After a prelminary investigation, officials at the Belle Valley Fire Department said improper cables installed on the fire apparatus two years ago reportedly caused the accident.
The truck’s manufacturer has reportedly accepted responsibility and is expected to pick the truck up for repair at no cost to the fire department.
The incorrect cables were installed after the truck suffered chemical damage at a structure fire in 2011.
All three firefighters. one from the Wattsburg Department and two from Belle Valley, were taken to UPMC Hamot with what were described as non life-threatening injuries.
For more information, view wwwgoerie.com