Posted: Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 2:40pm
Hall Co. has no comment on TV probe of ladder truck
By B.J. Williams Administrator
GAINESVILLE - An Atlanta television station has reported the ladder truck involved in an accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters earlier this month had been returned to the manufacturer because of safety concerns.
Hall County officials had no comment on the report, saying Thursday morning the county investigation is ongoing.
Public Information Officer Katie Crumley said via email that the county has no new information to share in its investigation of the July 21 incident.
"We do want to make sure the investigation into the incident is as thorough as possible. We'll release its findings to the public and the media once they are available," Crumley stated in the email.
11 Alive News in Atlanta reported Tuesday evening the SPH 100 manufactured by Sutphen Corporation of Ohio had been purchased new by the Bluffton Township in South Carolina. Because of several safety concerns, the town sold the vehicle back to Sutphen.
The company refurbished the 2006 vehicle and re-sold it to Hall County earlier this year, specifically for use at the county's new Station 16 on Shirley Road at Mt. Vernon Road. (See story linked below for history on the truck purchase.
Three Hall County firefighters - TJ Elliott, Will Griffin and Stephen Jackson - suffered critical injuries when the ladder on the truck collapsed, dropping the three men approximately 40 feet. All three remain hospitalized.
Link: Hall could need another ladder truck, more fire fighters
Link: Ladder truck manufacturer investigates following accident with firefighters
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