A Waterloo Regional Police officer remains in hospital after her cruiser collided with a Cambridge fire truck southeast of the city on Tuesday.
She was airlifted to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries after the crash on Highway 8 near Morrison Road. Both vehicles were heading to a house fire on nearby Seaton Road.
Five city firefighters were treated and released from hospital with minor injuries after the city’s showpiece, $1.2 million ladder truck careened 20 metres off the highway, said Fire Chief Neil Main.
The truck stayed upright but the windshield blew out in the crash.
“They had their seatbelts on: that’s how they were able to ride this out,” Main said.
They climbed out the wrecked truck and immediately went to aid the injured officer. Along with other firefighters in following trucks, they used hydraulic cutters to rip open the police car to free her.
Ontario Provincial Police is investigating the crash and the province’s special investigations unit was contacted. It’s not clear if the police watchdog agency has opened an investigation into what happened.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating, since the police officer and the firefighters were at work.
Regional police and the fire department also plan their own internal investigations.
It has a 30-metre ladder carried on a compact truck designed for narrow streets. The ladder can reach 10 stories up with a basket to rescue people, or support firefighters hanging on ropes. The ladder is strong enough to stand in for a crane and lift a small car.
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