Readington (NJ) Firefighter Injured After Fire Apparatus Overturns

A Readington volunteer was injured after the fire truck he was driving overturned en route to a call late Saturday evening.

It was the second time in less than a month that a volunteer with one of the township’s three companies crashed a fire truck while responding to a call. The accident on Feb. 5 involved a Three Bridges Fire Company truck and volunteer.

Ken Apsley, 54, an active, veteran fireman and the Readington company deputy chief, was trapped in the March 1 accident and extricated, then taken by medical helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, township police reported.

The accident happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Brookview Road, between Witherspoon Street and Federal Lane, on what police described as a “slight bend” in the road.

The truck that crashed is Tender 32, described on the fire company’s website as a 2002 Kenworth that holds 3,500 gallons of water. Water from the tanks spilled onto the roadway when the truck overturned.

Township police said that Brookview Road was dry at the time of the accident. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Apsley was alone at the time of the accident.

Police said that Apsley complained of head pain following the crash. Readington Fire Company posted on its site that he had been released the following day. It also wrote, “A big Thank You to all who have reached out and offered support and concern.”

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