Wednesday, August 11, 2010

At last... the Engine 7 accident report

Well we know now, or at least we've been told, it was not driver error in the now famous roll over of Engine 7. Instead, we are told it's the truck that failed. There seems to be no word from the manufacture, but one thing is for sure, the report does say that the fireman were not wearing their seat belts. It's a miracle no one was seriously hurt, but taxpayers may be asked to spend big money to sue the manufacture.

The one final question I have is, why no drug or alcohol test?

Selectmen and Fire Chief Gary Daugherty refused to comment last night on the newly released report on April's Engine 7 crash after meeting behind closed doors to discuss it.

The chief and board members would not say whether the town will be taking legal action given police investigators' conclusion that faulty all-wheel steering likely caused the 9-year-old Pierce pumper to veer off Edgell Road and roll over on April 10, injuring the four firefighters aboard.

The officials were also mum on another finding in the report state police released on Monday: that the injuries the firefighters in the cab sustained "can be directly related" to their failure to buckle up. Wearing a seat belt is required by department policy.

"I think most of the guys do what they do at home and wear seat belts just for their own protection," firefighters union president Pete DeVito said yesterday.

DeVito said he never asked the four firefighters if they were strapped in as they were returning to the Nobscot station from a call around 7:30 a.m.

"We do wear seat belts whenever we can," he said. "We're supposed to."

Three of the department veterans who were injured in the crash remain out on paid medical leave. The fourth man, Dave Carol, who was driving the truck, retired as he had planned to do.

Esty said she was bothered the report's results were printed in yesterday's Daily News.

Selectman Jason Smith said one of the four men hurt told him he was wearing his seat belt. "I 100 percent believe him," Smith said.

The long-awaited report cleared Carol, saying he was not speeding and made no driving error. Framingham and state police investigators, instead, blamed the crash on the truck's Oshkosh all-steer axles.

Town Counsel Chris Petrini on Monday said he would be working with selectmen to decide whether to bring a lawsuit against Pierce Manufacturing, the Wisconsin-based truck maker.


At August 11, 2010 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

What the hell does it mean the town will be looking into whether to sue the manufacturer? If it is faulty equipment, why the hell wouldn't you as the manufacturer to pay for the expense the Town has incurred because of this accident? 4 firemen out all this time from injuries and a truck that was totalled? That has to add up to lots of money. Are we so rich here in Framingham we are not in need of the money to pay for this stuff from the company that caused it? What is the deal here?

At August 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smith says he believes the firefighter who said he was wearing his seat belt, even though the accident team says he wasn’t. Hey Jason, are you calling those trained state police investigators liars, or are you just saying they are too dumb to know what they are talking about?

At August 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

We can’t be the only town in the country that owns one of those particualr fire trucks. If in fact it is a manufacturers issue, there should be others who have had the same problem. Has any one looked in to that?

At August 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Michael said...

Something ain’t right with this whole story, but I got another question. We have had four firefighters out since April, so for 4 months now. If we can run short those 4 for this long, maybe we have too many firemen in Framingham.

At August 11, 2010 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Doreen said...

I agree with Jim’s question, why no drug and alcohol testing? Got something to hide?

At August 11, 2010 at 5:15 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

Esty was upset that the report was made public? What other information has she kept from us? Why shouldn’t the town residents know about the findings in that report? Someone should ask her that question.

At August 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Jason Smith questions the validity of the report about the seat belts. Is that because he questions the validity of the manufacturer being at fault also, or does he just pick and choose which pieces of the report he is going to believe?

At August 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the town residents should get to comment on whether we sue or not. After all, it is our money that will be footing that bill.


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