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    Default Virginia FD Tanker Rolls over in Snow Storm

    POTOMAC NEWS

    Snow storm turns up trouble
    Firetruck flips over; weather cancels parades

    Keith Walker
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    Friday, December 5, 2003


    Snow and the threat of snow have postponed or canceled many area events, and caused at least one serious accident since the storm began Thursday afternoon.

    A Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department tanker overturned on Prince William Parkway on Thursday at about 10:30 p.m. when it swerved to avoid a slower moving vehicle during the snow storm, said Battalion Chief Hadden Culp, Prince William Fire and Rescue.

    The tanker was on the way to an automobile accident when it rolled from the east-bound lanes, overturned and landed upside down in the median.

    "The weather was a contributing factor. There's no doubt about that," Culp said.

    Police at the scene said that the tanker struck two vehicles during the accident.

    The investigation remains open, Culp said

    The tanker, worth an estimated $100,000, would probably be a total loss, Culp said.

    "Equipment gets sold for salvage just like a car would," Culp said.

    Police closed the parkway for about an hour while tow trucks righted the upside-down tanker and cleared it from the parkway median east of the Occoquan River.

    The Prince William County firefighter who was driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. No one else was hurt, police said.

    The weather service predicted that the storm would deposit 3 to 6 inches of snow before it begins to move east and out of the area by midday Saturday.

    Another 2 to 4 inches of light freezing drizzle or scattered snow is possible as the storm leaves at about 4 p.m., the weather service said......................................

    Staff writer Keith Walker can be reached at (703) 878-8063. Daniel Drew and Dylan Moore contributed to this report.
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    The only question that came to mind is why did they take a tanker to a car wreck? Is there more details? did they expect fire in the car? I would think in my opinion that taking a tanker would be the worse thing to take in the snow.
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    you know ...........I cant help but wonder the same thing ........never heard of such a thing .......
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    Makes about as much sense as taking a ladder truck to a car wreck, but I know of several departments that do just that - either for traffic safety (so something big is blocking the road) or because that's where they've "always carried the jaws, on the ladder".

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    Originally posted by Jay911
    Makes about as much sense as taking a ladder truck to a car wreck, but I know of several departments that do just that - either for traffic safety (so something big is blocking the road) or because that's where they've "always carried the jaws, on the ladder".

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    I think the reason why was stated by you, having the tools on that truck, I can see why they do that, maybe thats there first ou truck or something and you never know maybe you may even need the jaws at a fire scene.
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    Perhaps the tanker was the last remaining apparatus not already responding to other calls.

    Just a thought.

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    How about the car wreck was in a non-hydranted area and they wanted to have a sustained water supply in case there was a fire? I don't know if that's right or not but we routinely roll a tanker for car wrecks for that purpose.

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    Sure seems reasonable to roll a tanker to an accident on a limited-access highway

    -- Water Supply
    -- Another vehicle to block lanes if need be

    A well designed, filled tanker shouldn't be any more dangerous than similiar sized fire apparatus.

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    It was a limited access highway and to my knowledge unless there was another unit running as the "Tanker" the vehicle (as I am familiar with) did not have extrication equipment to my knowledge.
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    Default Re: Virginia FD Tanker Rolls over in Snow Storm

    Originally posted by captstanm1
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    Snow storm turns up trouble

    Another 2 to 4 inches of light freezing drizzle

    WTF?, That would be one for the record books.......
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    I didn't pick up on that one the first time around. What a hoot. That would be the ice storm to end all ice storms.
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