Sunday, February 28, 2010

NCFD: FIRE ENGINE ROLLED, NO SERIOUS INJURIES, 3 HOSPITALIZED

No Firefighters Seriously Injured After Fire Engine Rolls Down Embankment

Who:  Napa County Fire Department engine rolled off a steep embankment while responding to a call early Saturday morning.
Injuries: All three firefighters were transported to Queen of the Valley Hospital in an ambulance for medical evaluation and hospitalized with no serious injuries.One of the three firefighters suffered a minor shoulder injury. All three have since been released from the hospital.
Why: .The engine was responding to a report of a tree down in the Deer Park area of unincorporated Napa County just north of St. Helena when the right wheels of the engine veered off the roadway on a narrow, unlit street at about 1:30 a.m., according to Napa County Fire Marshal Pete Munoa.
What: The fire engine rolled 360 degrees down a steep embankment, traveling about 40 feet before crashing into a pine tree, .The three firefighters were able to extricate themselves.

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