Braddock Heights volunteer firefighters remove equipment from Engine 121 on Sunday afternoon as a large tow truck stands by to pull the fire engine from woods. The vehicle overturned on Swimming Pool Road and rolled into the woods, ending up on its wheels, while trying to avoid two stranded cars. One person was struck by the fire engine and seriously injured.
Photo credit: Staff photo by Sam Yu - The Frederick News Post
BRADDOCK HEIGHTS -- A fire engine slid down a steep, snowy road Sunday, striking and critically injuring a pedestrian before rolling over and injuring three firefighters, police said.
John Main, 44, of Middletown, had gotten out of his car to help another motorist when he was hit by Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Co.'s Engine 121, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Main was listed in critical condition Sunday night at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown. The firefighters had lesser injuries.
The accident occurred about 10:25 a.m. when the engine slid down Old Swimming Pool Road near South Clifton Road as the crew was responding to a two-car crash, sheriff's Sgt. Tom Winebrenner said.
The cars were blocking the roadway, and the engine failed to stop because of the steep grade and the snowy conditions, Sgt. Winebrenner said.
The engine, a 1992 Grumman with its lights and siren activated, rotated sideways before leaving the roadway and striking Mr. Main, Sgt. Winebrenner said.
The engine then rolled down an embankment, coming to rest on its wheels, Sgt. Winebrenner said.
Firefighter William Lenhart, 68, the driver, and Chief Patrick McTighe, 25, the front passenger, were treated and released at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Firefighter Jamie Daily, 25, in the rear seat, was listed in stable condition at Washington County Hospital.
Chief McTighe didn't respond to a request to be interviewed. Others at the station declined comment.
The extent of damage to the fire engine was not clear.
Mr. Main is a Hawbottom Road resident. He has worked in landscaping and lawn service.