South Berwick firefighter hurt after crashing tanker truck

Posted Nov. 18, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Authorities say a Maine firefighter was returning to the station after being called off a chimney blaze when he crashed the tanker truck he was driving into the woods.

Assistant Fire Chief Norm Chouinard told the Portsmouth Herald that the South Berwick firefighter was driving the 3,000-gallon tanker truck Sunday afternoon when the vehicle veered off a back road.

Chouinard tells the newspaper: “This was not an emergency run. He was just driving back to the station.”

Stephen St. Hilaire lives near the crash site. He tells the Herald that he heard the crash and rushed outside to find the driver conscious “but not really responsive.”

The firefighter was taken to a New Hampshire hospital. Chouinard says the tanker truck is likely totaled.

The crash’s cause isn’t yet known.

 

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