Oakland Firefighter injured in engine rollover

Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM by Debbie Cobb

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran Oakland firefighter is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after his fire truck rolled over during a drill at the airport.

City spokesman Sean Maher says the injury occurred shortly before noon Tuesday as the firefighter was behind the wheel when his rig rolled during a turn in front of the Oakland Maintenance Center.

The firefighter, who was not thrown from the truck, was participating in a simulated red-alert drill to test emergency response time to incidents on the grounds at the Oakland International Airport.

Maher says the firefighter, a 28-year veteran of the Oakland Fire Department, was transported to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

His name has not been released. No other injuries or damage were reported.

The incident is under investigation.


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