Questions remain about first of 2 Shreveport fire truck crashes - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Questions remain about first of 2 Shreveport fire truck crashes

(Source: KSLA News 12) (Source: KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

There are more questions than answers after the crash of a Shreveport Fire Department ladder truck Monday afternoon.

It tipped over as the driver made a turn while on an EMS call, sending the 2 firefighters inside to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The extent of damage to the ladder truck and the cost to fix it are not yet known, a Fire Department spokesman said.

In the far upper right-hand corner of surveillance footage, you can just see a glimpse of Ladder Truck 8 as passes Rite Care Pharmacy just before it turns off Kings Highway and north onto Linwood Avenue shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday.

When asked whether speed will be looked at in the investigation, Assistant to the Fire Chief Fred Sanders told KSLA News 12: "SPD is investigating that. And if they see that as a causation, then that's something we'll have to deal with internally."

The Fire Department's drivers are permitted to go over the speed limit some during an emergency call, Sanders explained. "Generally, we try not to exceed 15 miles above the speed limit."

There's no word yet from Shreveport police on when they will complete their investigation. The Fire Department's investigation can get underway once the police inquiry wraps up, Sanders said. 

At least one eyewitness noticed the speed of the ladder truck.

"He was trying to turn so fast, and the truck was on two wheels when he turned and the whole truck just turned over," Whitney McDonald told KSLA News 12.

Shreveport police crash scene investigators will look for several possible factors, including any potential mechanical failure or problem that could have contributed to the ladder truck tipping over.

Because the Fire Department is a Class 1 agency, Sanders said, it is required to have a certain number of backup vehicles for just such incidents. In fact, the Fire Department has 2 reserve ladder trucks, one of which could be seen parked in Fire Station 8 one day after the crash.

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