Thursday, August 15, 2002

Police report: Firetruck had no brakes

Truck hit bar, injuring nine

By The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS - Firefighters involved in an accident in which their 35-ton ladder truck plowed into a tavern, injuring nine people, have been cleared of responsibility.

        A police accident report said the brakes were faulty and the vehicle wasn't capable of being stopped.

        Accident investigator David Cornute provided a summary of the accident report. A police spokesman said the release of the entire 100-page report was delayed so the legal adviser to police can review it.

        The truck was unable to complete a turn while on an emergency run in July and crashed in the tavern. Four firefighters and five civilians injured in the crash all have been released from hospitals.

        Maintenance records on the 10-year-old replacement truck show a six-year history of brake problems. City officials have produced no evidence that fleet mechanics fixed the brakes after a captain ordered it to the shop July 2.

        The driver, Andy Trott, 30, said immediately after the crash that the vehicle, which was on an emergency run, had no brakes as he tried to turn south onto North High Street. The truck crashed into Patrick J's Bar & Grille.


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