December 28, 2004
Story by nbc4i.com
NEWARK, Ohio — Newark police are still investigating a collision on Christmas Day between two fire engines that injured six firefighters, NBC 4’s Erin Tate reported.
The crash occurred at an icy intersection at West Church Street and North Fifth Street in downtown Newark, Tate reported. Two of the firefighters were flown by medical helicopter to Grant Medical Center, where they continue to recover from their injuries. Meanwhile, the city is trying to deal without the manpower and equipment, Tate reported. The crash made this past Christmas one that Henry Gillett soon won’t forget. The witness to the crash said the impact catapulted one Newark firefighter through a windshield. “It just happened in a second, in a heartbeat, literally,” Gillett said. “I don’t believe they heard each other … until an instant before they contacted.” The engines had rushed from a Christmas party to respond to a house fire. The call ended up being only a smoke scare, Tate reported. Firefighters John Kollar and Kyle Bookless remain at Grant. Four other firefighters sustained minor injuries. With several of the city’s 70-plus firefighters recuperating, officials said they are just thankful that the injuries weren’t more severe. The two engines are out of commission, but the Ohio Fire Academy and other departments have offered loaner engines until Newark can purchase new vehicles.