GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The Green Valley Fire District says the weight limit was not exceeded when five people were injured in yesterday's ladder accident in Green Valley.
The maximum weight allowed when water is not running is 1,000 pounds.
Five people were sent to the hospital after the accident in which they were hurt while riding in the bucket at the end of the ladder. Two of those people have been released from the hospital.
The remaining three, all civilians, are still at University Medical Center for ongoing treatment of their injuries. No one involved in the incident sustained life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say the ladder experienced a mechanical failure in the last section of the ladder, also called the fly section. A steel cable gave way in the fly section causing the ladder to retract to its original position; this return caused the people inside the bucket to be thrown rather violently against the ladder.
The manufacturer of the truck, Sutphen is scheduled to arrive in Green Valley sometime this afternoon, to help in the investigation. The truck was purchased in 2009 and first entered service in 2010.
The investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety is continuing today, at the request of the GVFD, who is cooperating fully with the investigators.
There was no interruption of service to Green Valley or Sahuarita during the incident.
"This is a difficult time for Green Valley Fire family," said Fire Chief Simon Davis, "An event like this is unprecedented for our department."
"There will be much for us to do in the days and weeks ahead," continued Davis, "but most important is the recovery of the three individuals still receiving care for their injuries."
"The Fire District Board is fully involved with the review of this incident," added Board Chairman Dave Appleton, "We are also fully supportive of Chief Davis and his staff in the outstanding work they are doing to resolve all of the issues and the following investigations into the failure of the apparatus."