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Probe continues into truck accident that injured 3 firefighters


Probe continues into truck accident that injured 3 firefighters



The Belle Valley Fire Department's tower truck remains sidelined as investigators study the rig to find out what made its ladder close quickly while in use on Wednesday night, injuring three volunteer firefighters.

The firefighters, two from Belle Valley and one from the Wattsburg Hose Co., were in the truck's bucket that was raised 80 feet outside of the Wattsburg Hose station when a cable snapped and the ladder suffered a "catastrophic failure," according to information on Belle Valley's website.

The ladder closed rapidly and came to a jolting stop, injuring the three firefighters and trapping one of them in the bucket.

They were repositioning a radio antenna at the time of the accident, officials said. The firefighters were taken to UPMC Hamot. One suffered a shoulder injury, one suffered a knee injury and one had an injured back, Belle Valley Fire Chief Chris Altadonna said Friday. Read more...

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