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MAINE FIRE TANKER CRASH

     

Sunday, November 18, 2012 A local firefighter was injured Sunday afternoon, when the tanker truck he was driving veered off the road and crashed into a wooded area.

Police and firefighters responded at about 2:30 p.m. near 42 Fife’s Lane off of Route 236, after receiving a report of a fire truck involved in an accident.


Stephen St. Hilaire, who lives in the area, said he did not see the crash but he heard it, and rushed outside to join some neighbors in assisting the driver. St. Hilaire said the driver was conscious, “but not really responsive.”

“He was in shock, or something,” he said.

Assistant Fire Chief Norm Chouinard confirmed a lone South Berwick firefighter was driving the vehicle to the scene of a chimney fire in Eliot. He said the 3,000-gallon tanker truck was called off en route and was driven onto Fife’s Lane to take back roads on its return to the fire station.

“This was not an emergency run. He was just driving back to the station,” he said.

Officials at the scene declined to immediately identify the firefighter involved. Chouinard described him as a veteran member of the department.

A South Berwick ambulance transported the firefighter to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H.

Chouinard said officials believe the tanker truck was totaled in the crash. He did not know what the truck cost the town.

Chouinard said it was not immediately known what caused the truck to swerve off the road and crash into the tree line. The investigation remained ongoing Sunday night, with National Wrecker Service responding to remove the truck and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection investigating the impact of diesel fuel leaking from the vehicle.

“We don’t know what happened,” he said. “It’s going to be a while before we figure out everything.”

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