Pa. fire truck aerial breaks, strikes man

The aerial ladder was being tested for certification when a rigger broke; the victim was flown to a hospital with injuries to his head, arm and ankle


CLYMER, Pa. — A man performing a fire truck certification test was flown to a hospital Monday after he was struck by an aerial ladder.

TribLive.com reported that one of Clymer (Pa.) Fire Department's older model aerials had one of its two outriggers break while the ladder was extended. This caused the ladder to fall and strike the man.

"We had a catastrophic failure on the truck and he got injured from it," Chief Mike Aikens said.

Photos from the scene show a fire truck ladder twisted and collapsed on the ground.

Fire officials confirmed the man who was hurt was not a firefighter. He was flown to a hospital with injuries to his head, arm and ankle. His name and condition weren’t immediately released.

Police are investigating the incident.

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