Saturday, March 2, 2013
Four Hemlock Farms volunteer firefighters went to
the hospital Saturday morning after the rescue truck they were riding
in flipped on its side on an ice-covered road.
Two firefighters had minor injuries. The other two were sent to the hospital as a precaution and were found to have no injuries.
Hemlock Farms emergency responders were called
around 5 a.m. to help Blooming Grove Fire Department with a vehicle
crash on Interstate 84 near mile marker 29, said Hemlock Farms Fire
Chief Richard Hall.
Radio reports said someone was trapped in the car.
32-foot-long rescue truck, which carries equipment including
extrication tools, was traveling down a hill on Hemlock Farms Road near
Route 739 when the weight of the truck and the ice on the road caused
the truck to start sliding, Hall said.
rescue truck driver swerved toward a ditch to miss a collision with a
car and the truck tipped over, landing on its side. A heavy-duty tow
truck used for large vehicles was called to upright the 1999 rig.
Hemlock Farms called the Milford ambulance to the scene to treat injured emergency workers.
on its way to Hemlock Farms, the ambulance crew spotted a serious crash
on westbound Interstate 84 near mile marker 40 and stopped to give aid.
that crash, which also involved icy roads, a car struck a
tractor-trailer that was stopped in the shoulder of the road. Jennifer
L. Conklin, 30, of Walden, N.Y., died in the crash. She was a passenger
in the car driven by Patricia Williams, 31, who was seriously injured.
Williams is also from Walden.
"The roads were terrible," Hall said. "We're very lucky. It could have been a lot worse. I'm happy my boys will be OK."
insurance adjuster is coming to assess the damage, with any luck by the
end of the week. In the meantime, the truck is out of service, since no
one knows what sort of structural damage it's sustained, Hall said.
Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. relies on donations and receives no
money from the dues paid to the gated community, Hall said.