Three firefighters taken to hospital after fire engine overturns answering 999 call on Teesside

A fire engine overturned trapping firefighters as it went round a Billingham roundabout answering a 999 call. Three firefighters were taken to hospital following the incident which happened at about 9pm on Tuesday at the junction of the A139 and Billingham By-pass road, close to the A19. One passerby said the engine looked like it was answering a 999 call at the time and had its blue lights flashing.

This was later confirmed by Cleveland Fire Brigade which said an investigation was under way to find the cause of the accident.

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 0900 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 broken wrist, 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.”

– Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer Passersby who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident told how several firefighters remained stuck inside the cab while colleagues climbed over the side of the vehicle to get access to them. They said a number of police cars had also attended the scene.

The road was closed to allow investigations and recovery to take place.

We were called at 9pm to reports of a road traffic collision. We sent two ambulances, a HART (Hazardous Area Response Team)and a clinical care management team to the scene. Two firefighters were taken to University Hospital of North Tees.

Their conditions are unknown at this stage.”

– North East Ambulance Service spokesman

One firefighter was trapped in the vehicle – the windscreen was removed to allow them to be taken out.

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