Southbury (CT) Fire Apparatus Hits Bridge

A fire truck sustained heavy damage Monday night when it struck a guardrail and bridge abutment on Kettletown Road while responding to a 911 call, police said.

The driver, Lt. Frederick “Fritz” Ludwig, was southbound near the intersection of Burr Road at 6:29 p.m. answering a fire call in Engine 4 when he moved to the right to avoid a northbound vehicle, police said.

Ludwig drove off the right side of the road and struck a wire rope guardrail and bridge abutment, police said. Neither he nor two passengers, firefighters Robert D. Gault and Chad Young, were injured. Police said the apparatus sustained heavy damage to its entire right side, and was brought to Hilario’s in Newtown.

Engine 4 is a 2004 Pierce pumper purchased for $552,133. It has a 750-gallon water tank and a compressed-air foam system.

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