Fire truck damages total up to $150,000

An accident that injured a volunteer firefighter northeast of Grandview Lake on Wednesday morning also resulted in a power outage in western Bartholomew County.

Harrison Township volunteer Chad Emmett suffered cuts to his arm from broken glass during the 8:18 a.m. crash near county roads 550W and 225S, department spokesman Wally Dietz said.

Although Emmett’s injuries are not considered serious, the department’s 2003 custom pump truck sustained up to $150,000 in damage, Dietz said.

Firefighters were southbound on County Road 550W for a medical run as they approached a northbound truck pulling a trailer, said Deputy Jeff Wehmiller of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

In the driver’s attempt to avoid hitting the other vehicle, the fire truck’s right wheels went off the roadway, and the windshield was shattered, causing Emmett’s injuries, after it struck a Duke Energy utility pole, Wehmiller wrote in his report.

Power to about 300 affected Duke customers was scheduled to be restored by 2 p.m. Wednesday, spokesman Chip Orben said.

The road had to be closed while Duke crews worked on the damaged pole to restore power to the area, the report said.

Two other volunteer firefighters in the truck, Jason Kephart and Justin Mathis, escaped injuries, the report said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.