Indiana State Police Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Farmland Volunteer Fire Department TankerIndiana State Police sent this bulletin at 05/25/2023 01:44 PM EDT
They were both in the cab and ejected in the rollover. The young man who was driving is only alive because his crushing injuries were limited to his lower body. As it is, he is in extremely critical condition. I hope his young age (inexperienced operator of the apparatus that has some tricky physics depending on load level)/truck dimensions?) wasn't a contributing factor here. Sad situation.I thought firefighters are supposed to be IN the truck nowadays.
You know, because of stuff like this.
There are three counties near my family's farm in southern Md.How sad.
When I was active I often drove a 3000 gallon Kenworth tanker for our VFD. Yes it is a lot of weight with not much margin for maneuverability. The tanks are supposed to have baffles in them to keep the load from shifting around, but it still sloshes around a little bit, especially if only partly full. So conservative driving is order of the day, the fire will still be there when you arrive, but you have to arrive alive. Happily the only incident was when a feral hog ran out in front of me. (Well, there was this mailbox behind me one day…)
And both were ejected? No seatbelts in use? Awful.