Fire engine accident at Kessingland under investigation

PUBLISHED: 13:22 16 May 2011

Overturned fire engine on A12 roundabout at Kessingland

Overturned fire engine on A12 roundabout at Kessingland


AN INVESTIGATION is continuing into the cause of an accident in which a fire engine overturned at a roundabout.

The incident took place on the A12 at Kessingland, near Lowestoft, just after 8pm last Friday. The appliance – from Wrentham Fire Station – was on its way to an undergrowth fire in nearby Francis Road.

No other vehicles were involved but part of the A12 was closed by police until about 11pm. Yesterday (Sunday), Mark Hardingham, deputy chief fire officer for Suffolk, said the three firefighters involved were released from hospital three hours after the accident. They suffered minor injuries.

He said arrangements were being made to move one of the county’s spare fire engines to Wrentham. “In the meantime we have Southwold just down the road and Lowestoft South is also nearby so there is adequate cover,” he said.

“We are continuing to work with the police to investigate the cause of the accident and the vehicle has been impounded to establish if there were any mechanical defects.”

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