Nearly One Month After $500,000 Fire Truck Overturns, Fire Rescue Administrators Silent On Investigation
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue continues to say nothing about the crash that apparently totaled a $500,000 taxpayer-funded fire truck in Boca Raton.
As we reported on October 23rd, the truck from Station 55 rolled onto its side near Palmetto Park Road and Lyons Road as it responded to a call. Despite requests filed under Florida Statute 119 by BocaNewsNow.com, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue continues to remain silent on the case. The statute requires the release of information, or an explanation as to why it is being withheld.
Station 55 is located on Palmetto Circle in Boca Raton.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Spokeswoman Tara Cardoso, whose job is to respond to media questions, continues to ignore questions about the crash. We posed several, in writing, in the days following the incident. Among them: who was driving? What is that person’s history with Fire Rescue? What is protocol for an internal investigation after a crash?
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Administrator Reginald Duren did not respond to a request for information on Wednesday. Among our questions to Chief Duren: why his is public information office non-responsive to questions about the incident?
Witnesses paint two divergent versions of how the crash happened. In one version, a white pickup truck cut off the fire truck which caused it to flip. In another, the fire truck was driving too fast for weather and traffic conditions, then swerved at the last possible second to avoid hitting the pickup. Fortunately, injuries were all reportedly “minor.”
Regardless of the cause, a truck like the one involved is valued at roughly $500,000 — a significant expense that taxpayers must cover.
We will update when Palm Beach County Fire Rescue ultimately releases the information it is required to release.
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