Saturday, July 10, 2010
One Dead In Fire Truck Accident
On July 10, 1993 at 8:45 a.m. a rescue local was dispatched to Interstate 81 north bound five miles north of exit 10 South Newton Township. Two men were driving a 1951 Pirsch tiller truck from Maryland to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Pump Primers muster when the drive shaft broke puncturing hydraulic lines and spraying fluid onto the exhaust header. The truck burst into flames causing the tiller man to jump from the rig. The driver steered the truck into the median strip and over a concrete culvert causing the driver to be ejected from the cab and thrown under the wheels of the tractor. The vehicle came to rest off the road, well involved in flames. The driver S. Eric Russell, 33 was pronounced dead at the scene. The tiller man Jeffrey Jenkins, 27 was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and later transferred to Francis Scott Key Burn Center in Baltimore in serious condition. None of the many newspaper articles list the companies responding to the incident so when I list who I think was there if any one has any additions or corrections please let me know. Responding to the accident was the Penn Twp., South Newton Twp., Newville, Vigilant Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies.