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Coal Grove awaits repairs on fire truck

COAL GROVE — The Village of Coal Grove will get some additional help, if needed, from surrounding townships while it awaits repairs on a fire truck that was involved in a rollover accident in April.

While providing mutual aid with Upper Township Volunteer Fire Department for a two-vehicle car accident that killed a man on County Road 103, two Coal Grove Volunteer firefighters were driving the fire truck on Porter Gap Road when they collided with a small car, Mayor Larry McDaniel said.

“(They) then veered off the road to the right and went into a deep ditch (and) turned it over on its side,” he said. “Both of them were taken to the hospital just to get checked out. And any time something like that happens we have to do a drug test. The one boy that was the passenger had a sprained wrist.”

McDaniel said the drug tests were negative.

Coal Grove Fire Chief Gary Sherman said the truck suffered body damage and that it is currently being repaired. He was not sure of the cost or time frame of the repairs.

“I think it’s still in the estimating period,” Sherman said.

The fire truck is being repaired at Dill’s Fire and Safety in Ravenswood, W.Va., where McDaniel said the village gets all of its fire equipment. Currently, the village is using its older model, backup truck for calls.

“We’ve got plans in place for the surrounding departments to come in and help us, which we have normal mutual aid agreements with anyway,” Sherman also said.

McDaniel said it was because of the mutual aid agreement with Upper Township that the Coal Grove VFD was sent to the scene of accident in April.

“They help us, we help them,” McDaniel said. “That’s one reason why our truck was going out there.”

McDaniel said the Coal Grove VFD also has mutual aid agreements with Ironton and Perry Township.

Both McDaniel and Sherman said there have been no problems covering fires in the village due to the truck being out of service.