Fire truck-tow truck crash closes Wes...

Fire truck-tow truck crash closes Westerville Road

There are 38 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Fire truck-tow truck crash closes Westerville Road. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Westerville Road near Minerva Park is closed in both directions after a fire truck collided with a tow truck shortly before 4 p.m. Westerville-Blendon Township Engine 115 is on its side on the eastern side of the road, near Partridge Place on the North Side.

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Keith and Family

Gnadenhutten, OH

#1 Aug 13, 2009
Last Sunday., I was coming into Westerville on Cleveland Ave. A tow truck from Shamrock Towing was on by bumper so close that all I could see in my mirror was its grill. I have noticed a lot of those guys, just seem to hog the road around Westerville. I don't know if the accident today was by Shamrock, but it is just a matter of time, before they kill someone.

By the way, Shamrock, if you are reading this, the truck was a flat bed, with a grey car on the back. The drivers passenger yellow light was not working, it was about 8 to 8:30 Sunday night....... If you care.....which I doubt, Mr. Duffy.
Ghostryder

Grove City, OH

#2 Aug 13, 2009
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
driven

Monsey, NY

#3 Aug 13, 2009
I'm not sure this is funny?
Real

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 Aug 13, 2009
Ghostryder wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Why is this exactly funny to you?
MOPAR99

Ashtabula, OH

#5 Aug 13, 2009
Ghostryder wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha

shame on you.. i am a volunteer firefigter for another county.. and those men and woman put their life on the line everyday.. you need to grow up and find something better to do with your time...
people

Ashtabula, OH

#6 Aug 13, 2009
poeple still not paying attention to anything and dont care open ur eyes up people hard not to see a fire truck coming to tow guy nice to to pay attention to how close u r to the next person Hmm sounds to me a little tailgating there
geubux sux

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 13, 2009
Yea..geubux..thats exactly what firefighters do..sit around doing nothing..starting fires and laughing how they get paid out the ass.. interesting seeing as how mopar and myself are volunteers aka we dont get paid and i run ems only as a volunteer im pretty sure thats an incorrect statement. If your sooo confident thats whats happening...go to any fire house..anywhere and make that statement..see how strong you are then. what do you do...deliver pizza? Im pretty sure you can take 90% of any career and insinuate that they are overpaid, grow up you ill informed pos. the next or first time you dial 911..to save your house...your live..your family members life..or the life of someone you accidently put in harms way...think about how you feel about us then, maybe you'll appreciate those who do risk their lives, im not a hero, but i do work hard and so do 99% of firefighters.
Julie D

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Aug 13, 2009
Well, at least no one got hurt. Thank you God! I think the tow trucker was tailgating or else he did not have to swirve.
BradH

Hilliard, OH

#10 Aug 13, 2009
I am just glad no one got overly hurt. I think the fire truck should have hit the tow truck. The fire engine would have done a lot better than laying on it's side.
Tim

Delaware, OH

#11 Aug 13, 2009
Ouch, hope all the firefighters are ok.

Fire apparatus arent cheap. They cost 6-7 figures. Engine 115 is a reserve engine for the fire department. Its a 1996 Pierce Sabre. It has a 1,500 gpm Waterous pump, a 500 gallon water tank and carries more than 2,250 feet of hose. It carries first response EMS equipment and can provide immediate care and defibrillation to cardiac arrest patients.

It doesnt take much to total a fire engine. If one can be repaired, it can take months to get it back, since most have to go back to the manufacturer. Pierce is in Wisconsin and they build one hell of a good truck.
Native Alien

Grove City, OH

#12 Aug 13, 2009
Somebody is in big trouble over this one.
kwaljalein-Marys ville

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 13, 2009
A 6 $$ figure cost factor for a vehicle classified as a non- EMS Pumper truck answering a medical emergency? I think the city needs to revise their procedures for 911 responds. You don't send a plumber to do the electrical wiring, let alone utilizing a pumper/hose fire truck to get there. The upkeep on this vehicle,(certifications and repairs as required on annual basis by the state Fire Marshall) doesn't justify the responds being excuted by non-EMS service vehicle. Maybe a separate private EMS service would eliminate exposing the city to a unecessary liability.
Know Better

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 13, 2009
Keith and Family wrote:
Last Sunday., I was coming into Westerville on Cleveland Ave. A tow truck from Shamrock Towing was on by bumper so close that all I could see in my mirror was its grill. I have noticed a lot of those guys, just seem to hog the road around Westerville. I don't know if the accident today was by Shamrock, but it is just a matter of time, before they kill someone.
By the way, Shamrock, if you are reading this, the truck was a flat bed, with a grey car on the back. The drivers passenger yellow light was not working, it was about 8 to 8:30 Sunday night....... If you care.....which I doubt, Mr. Duffy.
The way that whole company has been ran for at least the last thirty or so years, I'm surprised they are still around. They would be the last people of earth I would call for a tow with their reputation! Your right he dosen't care unless ther is a dollar sign in front of it. I bet he'll care after this if it was one of his trucks! LOL!
Sorry to hear our people who put their lifes on the line for us every day had to go through this. Hope all are doing well!
Tim

Delaware, OH

#15 Aug 13, 2009
kwaljalein-Marysville wrote:
A 6 $$ figure cost factor for a vehicle classified as a non- EMS Pumper truck answering a medical emergency? I think the city needs to revise their procedures for 911 responds. You don't send a plumber to do the electrical wiring, let alone utilizing a pumper/hose fire truck to get there. The upkeep on this vehicle,(certifications and repairs as required on annual basis by the state Fire Marshall) doesn't justify the responds being excuted by non-EMS service vehicle. Maybe a separate private EMS service would eliminate exposing the city to a unecessary liability.
I am sure the engine was enroute to provide support to the EMS unit. I have never seen an engine solely respond to an EMS run without an EMS squad, mutual aide or otherwise. When I got hit in the head with a 40+ pound piece of equipment at work a few years back, Columbus Fire sent Engine 33 and Medic 33. Its all about protocol also. Every situation dictates what equipment you will send.
Melissa

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 13, 2009
I passed by this truck on my way to work! I almost did not see it - it's lights and sirens were on but I did not here the sirens until it got right ontop of me for some reason, and I didn't have any music on or anything. I was going the opposite way and slowed down but didn't have time to completely stop because it was already past. I'm a stickler for stopping each time too - my grandfather was a Cleveland fireman for 30 years, and he's the one that drove the engine.
Crazy Town

Westerville, OH

#17 Aug 13, 2009
BradH wrote:
I am just glad no one got overly hurt. I think the fire truck should have hit the tow truck. The fire engine would have done a lot better than laying on it's side.
Ouch, I hate to say but I agree with you in this case - hindsight being 20/20, it's probably going to cost a lot more to fix this truck up and to nurse the bruises for the crew than it would to repair the tow truck that was, oh yeah, left of center due to not paying attention if the article is correct?
MOPAR99

Ashtabula, OH

#18 Aug 13, 2009
well mr geubux you have some issues.. they have centers that will help you ..just dont call 911.. your a joke..thanks geubux sux for backing me up..i work hard as a volunteer.. with nothing expected in return..but a little respect would be nice...i know quite a few ff/emt/paramedics and they work alot.. and most of them still find time to volunteer on their off days at theirhometown fire departments.. so its not about money..its about making a difference.. my chief is one of them and i have the outmost respect for him.. so think about what you say before you open your big mouth..
MOPAR99

Ashtabula, OH

#19 Aug 13, 2009
i am also glad all the firefighters were safe and everybody else was ok.. thats what really matters here.
I want a cool shirt

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 13, 2009
Why is it most Vol fire and ems only wear the shirts, they don't respond unless its a good code 4 or something like that, not to difficulty breathing or just a simple transport why can't they get a crew I would bet you have lots of fd shirts a big truck with lots of lights and wear that pager, oh wait beep.... Beep.... Beep, its a 80 y.o. Needs help oh wait you dont want to respond just dont hear that call. Your to busy looking in the windows of the paid real full time heros. Keep dreaming big.
geubux sux wrote:
Yea..geubux..thats exactly what firefighters do..sit around doing nothing..starting fires and laughing how they get paid out the ****.. interesting seeing as how mopar and myself are volunteers aka we dont get paid and i run ems only as a volunteer im pretty sure thats an incorrect statement. If your sooo confident thats whats happening...go to any fire house..anywhere and make that statement..see how strong you are then. what do you do...deliver pizza? Im pretty sure you can take 90% of any career and insinuate that they are overpaid, grow up you ill informed pos. the next or first time you dial 911..to save your house...your live..your family members life..or the life of someone you accidently put in harms way...think about how you feel about us then, maybe you'll appreciate those who do risk their lives, im not a hero, but i do work hard and so do 99% of firefighters.
fire lt weidner

Columbus, OH

#21 Aug 13, 2009
Ghostryder wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
I'm glad they are OK and I hope the patient they didn't get to is OK as well.

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