Charges Filed Against Pennsylvania Firefighter In Backing Death

A firefighter has been charged in a fatal accident in which police say he backed over another firefighter with a fire truck, killing him.


ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- A firefighter has been charged in a fatal accident in which police say he backed over another firefighter with a fire truck, killing him.

Frank Brocklebank, 40, of Raccoon Township, was charged Tuesday with causing a fatal accident while not properly licensed, a felony.

Brocklebank was behind the wheel of a new fire truck at the Raccoon Township Volunteer Fire Department when he backed over two firefighters who were taking pictures of the truck on Aug. 25., authorities said.

Brocklebank checked the truck's mirrors before trying to back the truck into the fire station's garage, but didn't see the two firefighters _ David Vinisky and Jim Davidson, authorities said.

Vinisky, 49, of Raccoon Township, was pronounced dead shortly after he was hit. Davidson was taken to a hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released.

Brocklebank was a bus driver for the Hopewell Area School District, but has his license suspended for an apparent medical condition, according to district officials and Raccoon Township police.

Superintendent Terry Mack said Brocklebank had not driven for the district in about a year. School officials and police declined to describe the medical condition.

Brocklebank did not return a phone call for comment left at his home Tuesday night.

Raccoon Township is about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.