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4 injured when brakes fail on firetruck in Armstrong County

State police said four people, including a teenager, suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when a Washington Township, Armstrong County, fire truck lost its brakes and overturned while responding to a fire call.

Robert J. Martz Jr. 38, of Adrian was driving north on River Hill Road near the River’s Edge Campground & Marina about 11 a.m. when the 1983 Ford C8000 fire engine lost all brake pressure, according to a report filed by Trooper Jon Pomaybo.

The truck hit a roadside ditch and slid about 350 feet before hitting an embankment and rolling onto its passenger side, Pomaybo wrote.

Martz; Benjamin T. Bowser, 38, of Cowansville; Shawn P. Shaner, 39, of Adrian; and an unidentified 15-year-old girl from Adrian were taken to ACMH Hospital in East Franklin with minor injuries, Pomaybo reported.

A police report indicates only Bowser was wearing a seatbelt; it was unknown if the engine was equipped with safety belts for all seats.

The engine was described as having moderate damage.

No charges were filed.

Officials with the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department could not be reached for comment over the weekend.

The firefighters were responding to a fire at an unoccupied recreational vehicle, according to information posted on the campground’s Facebook page.

The campground is located along the Allegheny River near Lock and Dam 9 in northern Armstrong County.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or [email protected].


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