Maryland Firefighters Injured in Tanker Rollover

(ABC7 photo)

CALVERT COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — Two firefighters were injured after a tanker truck flipped upside down after it was trying to get to the scene of a house fire in Calvert County Saturday.

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office says a Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department truck was heading to a fire on 3725 Robinson Road. The truck was going around a curve on Robinson Road when the sheriff's office says the truck had "a tire failure with a 'blowout'."

The truck overturned and the driver of the truck, Lieutenant Marty Sealey, was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the sheriff's office. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Calvert County Fire Dispatch Scanner Audio Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Tanker 5 overturns going to fire

The sheriff's office also says that Lieutenant John Faulkner Jr. was in the truck at the time. He was also taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition. The sheriff's office says Faulkner is expected to be released later on Saturday.

In response to the crash, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Rector released the following statement:

"All Dunkirk apparatus is DOT compliant and inspected annually. Out of precaution, we are contacting a unaffiliated maintenance contractor to do a full DOT on all apparatus."

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the crash.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Lieutenant Marty Sealey has been released from the hospital and is home recovering. Lieutenant John Faulkner, Jr. is expected to be released from the hospital later this evening.

On March 18, 2017 at approximately 8:10 a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to Robinson Road in Huntingtown, Maryland for a report of an overturned fire department tanker truck.

It was learned that Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Tanker 5 overturned while responding to 3725 Robinson Road in Huntingtown for a residential structure fire. Lieutenant Marty Sealey was operating the tanker at the time of the crash. Lieutenant John Faulkner Jr. also occupied the tanker at the time of the crash. Lt. Sealey was transported by MSP Trooper 2 to MedStar in Washington, D.C. He has been listed in critical but stable condition. Lt. Faulkner was initially transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital. However, he has subsequently been transferred to MedStar in Washington, D.C., where he is also listed in critical but stable condition.

A preliminary investigation revealed that that as Tanker 5 was progressing through a curve on Robinson Road a tire failure, with a “blowout” and full tread separation, occurred. At this time the investigation into the cause of tire failure is ongoing; however, it is apparent that the tire failure is a factor that significantly contributed to this collision. Tanker 5 was en-route to the fire ground and was fully loaded at the time of the rollover. Tanker 5 is capable of carrying 3000 gallons of water.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the exact cause of the tire failure and the collision. Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of CRT is assigned this investigation.

Dunkirk Tanker 5 recovery ©



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