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Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Aug. 15, 2001 – A St. Thomas fire truck was seriously damaged in a collision that reportedly involved two other vehicles on the road between Red Hook and Sapphire Village Tuesday morning.
According to a witness at the scene after the collision, the accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The individual, who asked not to be identified, said an ambulance responded to the scene because there were reports of injuries.
In an interview broadcast on WSTA Wednesday evening, Fire Chief Merwin Potter told newscaster Lee Carle that "the basic information" his office had received was that the accident involved the truck and two other vehicles. "We don't know the damage right now," Potter said.
Potter told Carle that a woman in one of the vehicles was "shaken up real bad because of the airbag" that was released in that vehicle. He said there were no other injuries.
Describing the damage to the truck, the witness said, "The rear end was totally wiped out, and when they tried to tow it away, it fell over on its side." The individual added, "It's no good anymore."
Fire Services officials declined to comment when asked by the Source about the incident Wednesday morning. In the broadcast, Potter said only that the truck is "out of service right now."

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