Trucks Crash on Answering Call
Responding to a small blaze in the Stockton Iron Works, Stockton, California, two trucks became involved in a serious accident that sent nine to the hospital. The two trucks involved, a heavy ladder truck traveling west and a heavy combination engine traveling north, met with such force that the truck completely turned around and overturned. The truck was demolished when the frame folded under the impact; the combination is undergoing repairs.
The inability of the drivers, each with his siren operating, to hear the approach of the other machine was the probable cause. The men in their regular positions on the sides of both trucks were hurled in all directions. First aid training of the department made a good showing after the accident. The presence of both the police ambulance and the fire department’s rescue squad made it possible to remove the injured firemen to the hospital without delay.
The blaze to which these trucks were racing was extinguished by the employees with little loss. The damage to the machines will cost the city about $20,000 for replacement and repairs.