UPDATE: Dunkirk Fire Truck Involved in Motor Vehicle Accidenti n Huntingtown

March 18, 2017

UPDATE : On March 18, 2017 at approximately 8:10 a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to Robinson Road in Huntingtown, Maryland for a report of an overturned fire department tanker truck.

It was learned that Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Tanker 5 overturned while responding to 3725 Robinson Road in Huntingtown for a residential structure fire.  Lieutenant Marty Sealey was operating the tanker at the time of the crash.  Lieutenant John Faulkner Jr. also occupied the tanker at the time of the crash.  Lt. Sealey was transported by MSP Trooper 2 to MedStar in Washington, D.C.  He has been listed in critical but stable condition.  Lt. Faulkner was initially transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital.  However, he has subsequently been transferred to MedStar in Washington, D.C., where he is also listed in critical but stable condition.

A preliminary investigation revealed that that as Tanker 5 was progressing through a curve on Robinson Road a tire failure, with a “blowout” and full tread separation, occurred.  At this time the investigation into the cause of tire failure is ongoing; however, it is apparent that the tire failure is a factor that significantly contributed to this collision.  Tanker 5 was en-route to the fire ground and was fully loaded at the time of the rollover.  Tanker 5 is capable of carrying 3000 gallons of water.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the exact cause of the tire failure and the collision.  Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of CRT is assigned this investigation

3/18/2017: On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at approximately 8:09 a.m. deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Robinson Road in Huntingtown for an overturned tanker from the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.

The tanker was responding as the primary water supply to a house fire in Huntingtown. Two firefighters were injured in the crash. One patient was transported to CMH for evaluation, and one was transported by helicopter to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in critical condition. Both names are being held pending notifications.

The original house fire has been extinguished, and remains under investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Calvert County Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone with any information regarding this accident should call Detective Vlad Bortchevsky at 410-535-2800, or email at bortchv@co.cal.md.us



10 Responses to UPDATE: Dunkirk Fire Truck Involved in Motor Vehicle Accidenti n Huntingtown

  1. Ura Douche on March 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    11.3 Metric Tonnes of water not including the weight of the rig, fuel capacity, firefighters, and probably a heavy pasta dinner. o.k., maybe not the pasta.

    That’s a lot of weight slinging around. I know there are baffles in the tanks to help with weight distribution. Not throwing blame on anyone or anything.

    They’re called accidents for a reason. I know most apparatus are very well taken care of. There is a lot of pride in keeping them in shape.

    In a perfect world, speed, equipment and driver error wouldn’t exist. So far we have equipment failure. Not the first tanker to roll in the tri-county are in recent years.

  2. Anonymous B on March 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Sounds like the company who made the tire better get their lawyers ready. I guess it is also possible they were using retread’s to save money.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      On Trucks of this Class… Retreads are perfectly legal.

      • Anonymous on March 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

        Emergency vehicles cannot use retreaded tires.

    • Tire Man on March 21, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Sounds like tire pressures and tire conditions need to be checked regularly. I’m sure the station maintenance records and daily safety check sheets on this vehicle will be closely scrutinized, to ensure this vehicle was safe to respond in. I’m sure the Dunkirk Fire Station performs daily vehicle safety checks, so the required paperwork should be readily available for the accident investigation team

  3. Anonymous on March 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    This is the first fire truck that Dunkirk has rolled over.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      How can you help anyone when you flip a truck over trying to be fastest on scene. Former volunteer, love our Firefighters, hate stupidity.. I’ve seen this attitude behind the wheel before, never cared for it..

      • Charlie M on March 22, 2017 at 12:01 am

        Because you get what you pay for…..

      • Rocky on March 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        I have to agree. The adrenaline rush these red necks get when daddy turns on the lights and siren give them instant woodies. But maybe it should be emphasized that from now on, first one on the scene RIGHT-SIDE UP wins the bragging rights.

    • Monk on March 22, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Well, they are on a roll, so far.