A western Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is retiring a 36-year-old ladder truck after the ladder collapsed, causing a firefighter on it to fall to the ground.
Aliquippa fire officials say Capt. James Pennington is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday after breaking his elbow and suffering other injuries when the truck’s 100-foot ladder collapsed while Pennington was about halfway up the device early Sunday during a fire at an auto repair business.
The 1976 American LaFrance truck has been taken out of service. The fire department had expected to receive a replacement in December, but that $800,000 truck – purchased using a federal grant – has been delayed and likely won’t arrive until February.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health will inspect the failed truck.
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