Cleveland Fire Brigade has confirmed that one of its fire engines was involved in a road traffic accident at 21:00 hours yesterday (Tuesday 30th April) evening.
The fire engine from Stockton Community Fire Station was one of five engines responding to an emergency incident in Middlesbrough.
The accident occurred on the roundabout at Billingham Bottoms where the vehicle overturned onto its side. No other vehicles were involved.
On board were five firefighters, two escaped with no injuries whilst three sustained non life threatening injuries and have been treated at University Hospital of North Tees.
A spokesperson for the Cleveland Fire Service said:
‘The welfare of our staff is paramount and an internal inquiry has commenced to determine the cause of the accident’.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said
“A fire engine from Stockton Community Fire Station on route to an emergency call was involved in an accident at the roundabout at Billingham Bottoms at 2100 hours last night.
“No other vehicles were involved.
“On board were five firefighters, two escaped with no injuries while three were treated at University Hospital North Tees.
“One firefighter sustained a wrist injury, another a broken collar-bone and the third broken ribs.
“All are in a comfortable condition and are being supported by their families and colleagues from the Brigade.
“We are currently undertaking an investigation to determine the cause or causes of this incident.
“We would like to thank Cleveland Police and North East Ambulance Service and our crews for their professionalism and efficiency in dealing with this incident, and extend thanks to the public for their support and good wishes.”
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