Responding West Virginia Engine Rolls Over

While responding to a car accident on Sunday, Beckley Fire Department's Engine 1 rolled over on what shift commander Capt. Gary Raines called "very slick roads."


While responding to a car accident around 4 p.m. Sunday, Beckley Fire Department's Engine 1 rolled over on what shift commander Capt. Gary Raines called "very slick roads."

"We were responding to a call that involved two vehicles on the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East Prince Street with Engine 1 and Command 1 from Station 1," Raines said, "when the pumper (engine) slid, rolled onto its side and rolled over an embankment into a residence."

Raines noted that the engine, which landed on its passenger side, did not do significant damage to the residence and the lieutenant and two firefighters who were in the truck were taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital where their injuries were being assessed.

"The truck is torn up but we thank God that the men do not appear to be seriously injured. The truck can be replaced but the men cannot," he added.

There is no estimate as to the damage Engine 1 suffered at this time, he reported.

As of 6:30 p.m., Raines reported that they were "getting the truck pulled out with heavy equipment" and continuing to clear the scene.

Beaver and Mabscott volunteer fire departments were on the scene to assist, 911 operator reported.

A long stream of accidents occurred as the snow accumulated Sunday leading up to the fire department accident.

At 2:43 p.m., Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center reported an accident on I-64 near mile marker 124 with no injuries, though the vehicle rolled into the median.

The 911 operator noted an accident with injuries and entrapment at 3:19 p.m. on Robert C. Byrd Drive in front of Crossroads Mall. The EOC confirmed that there was a transport to Raleigh General Hospital.

At 4 p.m., the 911 official noted the two-vehicle accident on Sheridan Avenue and East Prince Street and that there were transports.

Republished with permission of The Register-Herald Reporter.