Jill Del Greco, NEWS 9
July 26, 2004
WHEELING, WV — A fire truck on its way to a routine call takes an accidental detour – right into a Wheeling home.
Wheeling Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Otte says a crew of three firemen were on the way to a call on Lind Street. He says the truck was at the intersection near 14th Street when it veered to the left and crashed into the home of Gene Ryan.
“The truck right now is at the shop, and we’re in the process of going over the truck to determine exactly what may have caused the accident,” said Otte. “We will have accidents, it’s just a part of the business.”
The owner of the home says he was walking home from the Italian Festival when he saw the truck on the way to the call, and then he saw the accident happen.”I told my wife, ‘Something happened in front of the house!’ I huff and puff up 14th Street, and I found Engine 2 under my front porch,” he said.No one in the fire truck was hurt, and no one was in the house at the time of the accident. Ryan says the truck damaged his porch and also ripped off his garage door. He says Wheeling has already started the process of getting his home fixed.Otte says it could take a few days to determine if driver error or a mechanical malfunction caused the crash.