Ohio Apparatus Crash- 2 Civilians Dead, 4 FF's Injured
.......from the secret list..........
A man and a child were killed early this morning and 4 Firefighters
were injured when their vehicles collided in Massillon (Ohio) ...in a
crash that stretched nearly a block. Onlookers identified the man as
the grandfather of the baby. Both were riding in a Dodge Caravan that
was struck in the side by a responding Massillon FD aerial truck
company, which had sheared a utility pole in half. A Mr. Danny Clark
witnessed the impact. He told local media that the driver of the fire
truck was "barreling" down the street, which was marked by stop signs
and a four-way, blinking traffic light. "That truck was pushing the
car down the street," Clark said. "The big old sucker got to be going
50-60 miles per hour ..."
Fire Chief Tom Burgasser said the truck was headed to a
fully-involved vehicle fire...it never made it. Clark said he ran out
into the street looking for the vehicle that was hit and saw the child
lying alongside the street. Eyewitnesses said the child was thrown
from the vehicle when it struck the pole. The fire truck had pushed
the van nearly an entire block. The bottom half of the pole, lay
where the wreck ended. The entire driver's side of the minivan was
shoved into the passenger's side. The man and child were pronounced
dead at the scene.
I don't understand why car fires warrant a stupid response like this. Kinda reminds me of the video of the second due engine going to the car fire who decides to go against traffic during rush hour and instead of waiting for the cars to totally get out of his way, he just scrapes up the sides.
May the vic's RIP and the brothers get well soon.
Another picture from the canton repository.......
Another Repository Updated Article..............
MASSILLON Ronald E. Anderson, 72, was taking his 4-year-old grandson to a local day care center early this morning.
Massillon firefighters were heading to an emergency call about a vehicle fire.
Anderson's minivan and the aerial ladder truck collided at a Walnut Road SE intersection, leaving Anderson and his 4-year-old grandson, Javarre J. Tate, dead.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol., the injured firefighters are:
• Capt. Rick H. Annen, 47, of Canton;
• Jason C. Castile, 32, of Massillon
• and Ernest S. Bard II, 29, of Akron. All were taken to Affinity Medical Center's Massillon Campus with minor injuries.
The fire truck was driven by Susan Toles, 47, of Canton. She was treated at Affinity's Doctors Campus for minor injuries.
The crash occurred just after 8:30 a.m. on Walnut and Johnson Street SE.
More than 50 people stood watching from street corners, front porches and yards and atop porch railings as firefighters and police tied sheets together to shield their view of the wreckage. Behind the sheets, firefighters worked for more than an hour to free Anderson from his Dodge Caravan.
The child had already been taken away in an ambulance. He had been thrown from the vehicle nearly a block from where the truck and the minivan came to rest, according to eyewitnesses.
Massillon City Schools bus driver Becky Butterfield was driving an empty bus when she heard sirens and pulled over: "I looked in my rearview mirror and I seen the van cutting across the street ... and I thought, 'Oh, my God. No....' There was no way (the driver) could slow down."
Danny Clark, who lives on Walnut near Johnson Street SE where the crash occurred, saw the crash, too.
Clark was standing in his front yard when the aerial firetruck went by with flashing lights and blaring sirens, he said. The truck was heading down Walnut toward the intersection, a four-way stop marked with stop signs and red blinking lights.
"I seen the impact," he said. "The woman driving the fire truck came barreling down the ... street."
He saw the truck strike the minivan, which was heading across Johnson toward the Massillon Head Start day care building.
"I ran out to the street, and I got down, and I was looking for the car. But she hadn't stopped yet," he said. "She was pushing the car down the street."
The firetruck pushed the minivan at least a hundred yards before it stopped at 13th Street SE, debris from the wreckage strewn along the way.
Clark said that he ran down the street after it, but he didn't get far.
A short distance from the intersection where the crash occurred, he noticed the utility pole had been sheared in half. The top half was still hanging. The front half, he would later see, lay in front of the mangled minivan. Beneath the top half, however, he saw the child, fatally injured.
Clark said although the child had suffered an obvious massive head wound, he felt for a pulse and discovered a heartbeat. But other witnesses walked up and told him to cover the child.
"They said (that) people were coming. People were crying," he said.
Clark said he couldn't help the child, so he ran to the firetruck.
"I was crying. I confronted the driver of that truck. I told her to her face she was going too damn fast. She told me to get back. I just told her she was going too fast. That big old sucker got to be going 50-60 mph, whatever she was going," he said.
Fire Chief Tom Burgasser said firefighters were heading to a car fire in the 1200 block of Huron Road SE when the crash occurred.
He, Police Chief Robert Williams and Sgt. William Bower of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Canton post said troopers were investigating because the crash involved a city-owned vehicle.
Investigating troopers who took video and still photographs from the air arrived at the scene to shoot crash pictures at the site as a continual stream of onlookers arrived to survey the scene.
Family members who lived nearby met with friends and talked about Anderson.
"He was a man who, if you ever came around him, if you felt bad, he would make you feel good. He was very well-loved in the community," said Annie Long, who said she grew up with him and always thought of him as her brother.
"I have known him all my life, and he would do anything to help anybody any time. The community of Massillon is going to miss him."
Sheila McLaurin also knew Anderson, she said.
"We all went to school together," she said.
McLaurin said she and Anderson took their grandchildren to the head start program and frequently talked in the parking lot after dropping them off.
Today, she had arrived at the center and left before he arrived.
She said she had signed in her granddaughter, pulled out onto Walnut and headed down the street when she heard the sirens. She pulled onto a side street.
"It's a shame, it's just really a shame that this ever happened," she said, shaking her head and wiping her eyes.
from the secret list...........
FAMILY ISSUE 1 (Fatal Apparatus Crash--Apparatus Driver Related To
Victims)- As you know, a horrific responding crash occurred yesterday
in Massillon (Ohio) when apparatus that was responding to a car fire
struck a van, killing a civilian and his grandson. Ronald Anderson,
72, died at the scene Tuesday morning along with Javarre Tate, 4.
They were just a block from the child's school and the home of
relatives. BUT IN A HORRIFIC TWIST OF REALITY, Mr. Anderson's cousin,
Massillon Firefighter Susan Toles, was driving the responding ladder
truck that struck his van and was one of four Firefighters who
suffered minor injuries in the crash. The apparatus struck the
driver's side door of Anderson's Caravan and pushed the vehicle about
110 yards before stopping. The intersection is a four-way stop with
signs and flashing overhead red lights and is in a 25 mph zone.
“The van pulled out directly in front of the fire truck” said Lt.
Joel Smith-Ohio State Patrol. Lt. Smith later confirmed that the
apparatus had activated its emergency lights, sirens and horns but
the civilian driver was hearing impaired. We have posted more
information and photos on our news/updates area on the home page.