Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after a tanker truck rolled onto its side on the way to a brush fire Thursday afternoon.
Two firefighters were in the Hooversville Volunteer Fire Co. 1994 Mack Tanker on Falling Timber Road at 3:32 p.m. when the truck landed on its side while rounding a curve. Fire Chief James A. Karashowsky said he had not talked to the firefighters and was not sure how the crash happened. The brush fire the firefighters were responding to was about a quarter mile up the road.
“I still didn’t get an opportunity to talk to them,” he said.
Karashowsky declined to release the firefighters’ names. Both were taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
“They were veteran firefighters,” he said.
The fire truck was purchased new and was fully paid for, Karashowsky said.
“It was my pride and joy,” he said.
The truck will most likely be totaled, he added. “If I had to guess, I would say totaled,” he said. “The cab is shot and that is not counting anything underneath.”
The truck was hauling 3,000 gallons of water, which drained onto the road. Crews worked to salvage hoses and other equipment, but Karashowsky said he will not know what can be salvaged until he can get a closer look.
The truck was insured. State police are investigating the crash, but did not release any additional details Thursday evening.