San Antonio Firefighters Suspended For "Driving Too Fast"

By: Jessica James
By: Jessica James

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Three San Antonio firefighters have been
suspended for traveling too fast and not buckling up while racing
to a fire.

Fire Chief Charles Hood says the firefighters were involved in a
wreck last year that injured one of the four men on their ladder
truck and destroyed the $600,000 vehicle.

Hood says by disciplining the three he's sending a strong safety message to his department about the importance of always fastening their seat belts.

Firefighter Brandon Wheeler was driving Nov. 14 when the truck
reached about 33 mph and he tried to turn left. The truck rolled on
its side and came to a stop in oncoming traffic lanes.

Police said speed caused the crash. Suspensions ranged from five days to 60 days.

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