TECHNICAL RESCUE INVOLVING BIG TRUCKS: A CASE STUDY

03/01/1999
TECHNICAL RESCUE INVOLVING BIG TRUCKS: A CASE STUDYBY GARY SIEGELAt 1415 hours on July 6, 1998, the Rockland County (NY) Fire Communications Center (44 Control) received a call that a garbage truck had crashed on Route 59 in Nanuet, New York. Route 59, a major thoroughfare in Rockland County, has two lanes traveling east and two lanes traveling west. Reportedly, the driver lost his brakes while proceeding down a steep incline. The driver veered to his right and jumped the sidewalk so that he would not hit and injure people waiting in their automobiles for a traffic light ahead to change. The truck hit a large commercial signpost, and the signpost`s structural member became embedded in the...

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