County fire engine rolls into ditch
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 02, 2012 | 1977 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials with Bradley County Fire Rescue believe only minor damage was done Monday evening after an engine enroute to a crash reportedly rolled over into a ditch.

BCFR first responders were headed to a crash with injuries on APD 40 around 8:30 p.m.

BCFR Chief Dewey Woody said the driver of Engine 9, Jeff Porter stated the braking system caused the truck to slide on the pavement as it entered the on-ramp to APD 40 from Highway 64.

“The driver rode the truck into the grass and then guided into a ditch where it overturned,” Woody said.

No injuries were reported and Woody said it appeared only minor damage was done to the truck due to a “soft landing.”

The truck was a 1988 model.

According to reports, the engine was headed to a vehicle crash where a driver had run into the median and struck a guardrail near Cleveland Fire Hall No. 3.

One person was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center by Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, according to the report.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the crash investigation involving the fire engine.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the initial vehicle crash on APD 40.

- Heavy rains Monday were a contributing factor in crashes, according to BCEMS officials.

At 2:30 p.m., the first accident of the day was on Benton Pike east of Hancock Road, according to Stan Clark, information officer for BCEMS.

“The initial reports were that it was a head-on-type collision with children involved. Bradley County EMS responded two ambulances and transported two children and two adult females to SkyRidge Medical Center.

“The next accident was one hour later at 3:30 p.m. on Hwy. 60 near Hopewell School. A vehicle was seen swerving and then left the roadway,” said Clark.

When responders arrived on the scene they found an adult female trapped in her car. The driver was extricated by Bradley County Fire and Rescue. She was not seriously injured and was not transported, according to Clark.

Another accident an hour later on Bellefounte Road resulted in a single vehicle running off the road into a ditch. No injuries were reported in that crash.

“To say the least, Bradley County EMS and Bradley County Fire and Rescue were kept extremely busy during the evening hours. The weather seems to have been a contributing factor. During inclement weather we all need to slow down and increase our awareness,” said Clark.