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Fire Department Tanker Crashes Critically Injuring Firefighters

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.  

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